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Sedona Mayor Updates Emergency Proclamation to include business mandates

Article submitted by the city of Sedona.

Sedona AZBecause the safety of residents is the most important consideration and to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19, city of Sedona Mayor Sandy Moriarty updated yesterday’s Proclamation of Emergency to mandate the following regarding businesses, effective 11:59 p.m. on March 19, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2020:

  1. All restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, retail food facilities, and other similar businesses and establishments are prohibited from serving food and beverages on their premises. Businesses are encouraged to offer food and beverages using delivery service, window service, drive-through service, or drive-up service, and to use precautions in doing so to mitigate the potential transmission of COVID-19, including social distancing.
  2. The following businesses are closed to occupancy by the public:
    • Bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, special licensees, clubs, and other similar businesses and establishments offering alcoholic beverages of spiritous liquor for consumption on-premises.
    • Theaters, cinemas, and indoor and outdoor performance venues.
    • Museums.
    • Gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios, yoga and barre studios, and other similar facilities.
    • Bingo halls and other recreational or entertainment facilities.

This does not prohibit an owner, employee, contractor, vendor or supplier of a local business from entering, using or occupying that place of business in their professional capacity.

The restrictions do not apply to any of the following:

  1. Grocery stores, markets, convenience stores, and other similar businesses and establishments that offer food and beverage that is not for on-premises consumption.
  2. Pharmacies and drug stores.
  3. Food banks and food pantries.
  4. Restaurants located within health care facilities, nursing homes, shelters, group homes, places of worship or similar facilities.
  5. Restaurants located at institutions of higher learning.
  6. Vendors and concessionaires located within the Sedona Airport.
  7. Banks and financial institutions.

All businesses and houses of worship are encouraged to limit gatherings and practice social distancing. Anyone who violates this proclamation will be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

“We recognize this will have a significant impact to businesses, but the risk of not acting poses far greater threat. Nothing outweighs the importance of protecting the health and safety of residents in these unprecedented times,” said Moriarty.

The city is in frequent contact with the Arizona Department of Health and Human Services, Coconino and Yavapai counties and their epidemiologists, emergency response teams and policy leaders, healthcare professionals and other stakeholders to monitor the situation daily.

More information

Read the FAQ document the city compiled for businesses that have questions on the Proclamation of Emergency here and read the Mayor’s letter to the community here.

For business that still have questions, email questions@sedonaaz.gov.

To read the full Proclamation, learn more information on the city’s response to COVID-19, and how most city services and offices are closed to in-person access, go to www.sedonaaz.gov/covid19. Note: wastewater and Police Department services will be maintained as they always have.

Health resources

Look to the following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and county resources for more information on COVID-19:


  1. Bettye says:

    Also, read this about how coronavirus has affected one doctor, very sad.


    AND the Governor of Florida has now asked the president to declare that state a disaster area … after he dragged his feet for weeks and refused to close the beaches and businesses because he did not want to hurt tourism.

    How many people have to be hurt before our politicians stop putting greed and money ahead of the desires, needs and welfare of the people they are supposed to be serving? Ring any bells, Sedona City Council?

  2. Jeanne says:

    @bettye Call the Yavapai County board of supervisors and complain. Also note the California car license and report to police. Those people should be sheltering in place for 14 days if our mayor knew how to run this city during this epidemic. The police should deliver a notice to them. Demand they protect your neighborhood health and Sedona.

  3. Michele, West Sedona says:

    Hi Bettye, Florida has the most coastline of any state in the lower 48 states. It’s 1,350 miles (2,170 km), not including the contribution of the many barrier islands. Shutting down the Florida beaches is impossible because that would mean shutting down 1,350 miles of Gulf Coast and Atlantic Ocean beaches. Florida has competent local public health officials who know the communities better than any federal government, and those communities have the power to act as they see fit with full state and federal support. That’s an ideal situation just like Sedona isn’t the same one size fits all for Phoenix or Flagstaff. If everyone practiced social distancing, there’s enough room for everyone to have their space in Florida. New York City and California beaches are overcrowded and Gov. Newsome said its an optional shelter in place, while NYC is out of control with people ignoring the rules and Cuomo is having a hissy fit because New Yorkers don’t give a damn. Local communities can put pressure on its residents to act correctly with peer pressure. All Sedona businesses except take out foods, groceries with staggered hours for elderly shopping with every register open to help with social distancing, pharmacies, and nonessential employees must be shelter in place. That doesn’t mean a staycay like the Californians near you. It means stay at your primary home. Look at your drivers license if you’ve forgotten where it is. Thanks Bettye for letting your community know to stay away from that house and I hope you share the address on social media! If you know the landlord, a call expressing your dissatisfaction with the arrival of tourists might be an idea. Get your HOA involved. It’s your life and your neighbors. Sedona doesn’t have a hospital and likely only one or two ventilators for a majority elder population. We don’t need to die for any red rock view. Take care Bettye.

  4. CDC Admits Test Is BS says:

    BS test = BS stats. Wake up sheople. It’s a planned-demic.


    Here’s what the CDC says about the test for the Coronavirus
    March 24
    by Jon Rappoport

    Straight from the horse’s mouth—both sides

    —The CDC (US Centers for Disease Control) admits the coronavirus test is flawed. That’s the overview and the takeaway—

    As my readers know, I’ve described why the widespread diagnostic test for the coronavirus is insufficient, misleading, useless, and deceptive.

    That test, used all over the world where it is available, is called the PCR.

    It DIAGNOSES patients. “Yes, you have the virus.” “No you don’t.”

    A very alert reader sent me a link to a US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) document about the test. The CDC establishes the guidelines for how the test should be done, and what the results mean.

    Here is a CDC paragraph about results. I suggest you read it several times.

    “Positive [test] results are indicative of active infection with 2019-nCoV but do not rule out bacterial infection or co-infection with other viruses. The agent detected may not be the definite cause of disease. Laboratories within the United States and its territories are required to report all positive results to the appropriate public health authorities.”

    I’m going to blow past the blatant contradiction in that CDC paragraph and cut to the chase.

    The key line in that paragraph is: “The agent detected [the coronavirus] may not be the definite cause of disease.”


    CDC: Yeah, you see, folks, ahem, the test could say the coronavirus is there in somebody’s body, but the virus may not be causing disease…

    On one level, the CDC is admitting the test could turn up false positives: the test could SAY a patient has the coronavirus, but he really doesn’t.

    This isn’t a footnote stuck at the bottom of a report. It’s right there near the top of the section about the meaning of the test.


    Well, yes, I’ve pointed out that the test has an inherent problem. At best, it might show that a virus is present in the patient’s body. But the test is incapable of determining HOW MUCH virus is ACTIVELY REPLICATING in the patient’s body.

    And why is that important? Because, to even begin to say a virus is causing actual illness in a human, there would have to be millions and millions of a virus replicating in his body—and the PCR test has never been proven, in the real world, to be able to make such a judgment call accurately.

    But, if you read that CDC quote again, you’ll see the CDC is ordering labs to report a positive test result to public health agencies—where it will be counted as a “coronavirus case” come hell or high water.

    Thank you, CDC. So very, very much. The next ship for Uranus leaves tomorrow. Pile on board and make the trip. You can run tests there to your heart’s content.


    This link will take you to a page with a number of links. Scroll down until you reach the link titled, “CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel Instructions for Use.” That’s the one.

  5. Diane, Dry Creek says:

    Governor Ducey’s Executive Order was released March 23, 2020. The Arizona Poison Control System is available to answer questions about COVID-19 from Arizona providers (for testing and patient guidance) and the general public (for testing, isolation, and quarantine guidance) at 1-844-542-8201. The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America — 15 Days to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available at http://www.Whitehouse.gov

  6. Katherine, Sedona says:

    Hi Mayor, Are our grocery stores sending their employees home with expired and left over hot and cold foods at end of shifts and allowing their laid off employees to drive up and get bags of that days food that can’t be used the next day? That’s going on in other areas and it needs to be done here for laid off and working employees need food. They sign a waiver to receive it and can only get food twice a week but that’s a big city and our stores might be able to do it more or less. Thank you for entertaining this idea. Good Health.

  7. Mac says:

    @kathrin thumbs up idea @mayor @supermarkets @people thumbs up Cincinnati news

    Kroger stores will start erecting plexiglass “sneeze guard” partitions at cash registers this week to protect its customers and employees from COVID-19, according to spokeswoman Erin Rolfes.
    “Many of our stores are beginning the installation process this week, and we anticipate every checklane having a partition, including pharmacy counters and Starbucks registers, within the next several weeks,” Rolfes said in a statement. “In addition, we are installing educational floor decals to promote physical distancing at checklanes and other counters.”
    The Cincinnati-based company will also permit its employees to wear masks and gloves at work to protect themselves from the virus, Rolfes said.

  8. Harold Brown says:

    My Glendale pharmacy taped X every 6 ft down aisles & registers an outdoor eating areas caution taped off. Sedona? We cancelled a reservation, we’re in good hands here. HB.

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