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City moves to virtual and phone services, cancels city events and programs
SEDONA, Ariz. – Out of an abundance of caution, and to protect citizens and city staff from the potential spread of COVID-19, beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the city of Sedona will close in-person access to city facilities, and move to virtual and phone services.
Until March 28, 2020:
- Essential functions and services like the Police Department, city maintenance and wastewater will continue.
- Other non-essential but important services like building and development services will be reduced.
- All non-essential services and programs like general inquiries, on-site meetings, billing functions, etc. are postponed.
- City Council business will be reduced to essential items, but no public will be permitted to attend meetings. In accordance to Open Meeting Law, citizens may watch online here and the city is exploring alternative options for public participation.
- City parks will remain open but all organized recreation activities, including the city’s Parks and Recreation Department’s programs and classes, and facility rentals are cancelled. See below.
- City Municipal Courts services will be reduced and/or rescheduled but staff will be available for initial appearances, filing an order of protection and hearing time arrangement.
- Volunteer Park Rangers will suspend all operations and will not have a daily presence in Uptown.
The city of Sedona will be canceling all city-sponsored and city-permitted large gatherings or events, and private gatherings or events on city properties, for the next eight weeks until May 9, 2020. Events canceled include, but are not limited to:
- The Sedona Stumble
- Sedona Food Truck Festival
- Celebration of Spring
- Tlaquepaque Cinco de Mayo Celebration
- Rotary Chili Cookoff
Numerous other private, non-city events may be canceled and citizens are encouraged to reach out to organizers for information.
City events cancelled but under consideration to be rescheduled are:
- The Fix-it Clinic
- Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Event
- Open houses for the Climate Action Plan
- Food and Beverage Bootcamp
For more information on the city’s Parks and Recreation Department programming cancelations and refund policy go to www.sedonaaz.gov/parks.
Details will be communicated in the coming days as information is available. To get more information on this evolving situation, go to www.sedonaaz.gov/covid19.
The city, in coordination with Coconino and Yavapai counties, is monitoring the situation daily and following the guidelines set-forth by the federal, state and county government and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Look to the following CDC, state and county resources for more information on COVID-19:
- Coconino County Health and Human Services COVID-19 hotline: 928-679-7300 and website.
- Yavapai County Health Services hotline: 1-844-542-8201 and website.
- Coconino County COVID-19 drive up swab testing information.
- CDC website on coronavirus.
- Tips on coronavirus prevention.
- Arizona Department of Health and Human Services information.
- CDC’s travel notices.