With Arizona fighting one of the highest per-capita infection rates of COVID-19 in the United States, the City advises residents of Gov. Doug Ducey’s June 29 Executive Order 2020-43 pausing specific activities.
The executive order, which can be found here, pauses the operation of the following businesses: indoor gyms and fitness centers, indoor movie theaters, bars that operate under a Series 6 or 7 license, waterparks and tubing operators.
Pools that are part of a business must monitored to prevent groups of people greater than 10 from gathering. Pools at apartment complexes, RV parks, and condominiums must have signage posted that prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people anywhere in the pool area. This does not prevent the total pool area from having more than 10 people, but does prohibit people from congregating in groups larger than 10.
The executive order also prohibits public gatherings of more than 50 people. The gatherings will still need to ensure proper social distancing measures per CDC guidelines. Public events larger than 50 people may be individually authorized by local governments. To request permission to exceed the 50-person limitation, the organizer must email the proposed event information to the Yuma City Clerk’s Office
The email must include name of the event, date, time, brief description of event, estimated number of participants, location, and description of social distancing measures to be enacted. The order exempts constitutionally protected activity such as church services and freedom of speech from the prohibition of 50-person limit, although strong social distancing measures are heavily encouraged.
The order went into effect at 8 p.m. on Monday, June 29 and expires July 27, although the order does allow for the possibility of extending beyond that date if the condition of the pandemic in Arizona is not trending in a positive direction
Yuma, as the rest of the state, must follow the Governor's mandate. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve been tracking with great concern the spread of the virus, the increase in deaths and in hospitalization rates," Mayor Douglas Nicholls said. “We now face another closure due to the Governor's executive order to gain control over COVID-19, and I trust that we as a Yuma community have the personal accountability and concern for the greater community to follow the measures in the executive order to protect ourselves, our families and the citizens of Yuma.”
Gov. Ducey also delayed the reopening of schools until Aug. 17 under Executive Order 2020-044.