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City of Safford City Council Lifts State of Emergency and Reopens City Facilities

On Tuesday, May 26th the Safford City Council passed Resolution R20-014, ending the State of Emergency that had been initiated by Council with Resolution R20-006 on March 17, 2020.  In addition to lifting of the State of Emergency, it was announced that City facilities would reopen to the public on Monday, June 1, 2020.

As was the case when the State of Emergency was declared by the City, the decision to rescind that declaration followed the lead provided by Executive Order 2020-36, issued by Arizona Governor Douglas Ducey.  The executive order, also known as “Returning Stronger”, rescinded the original Emergency Declaration issued on March 11, 2020 by the Governor for the State of Arizona.

As indicated by the Governor, and in keeping with the White House’s Opening Up America guidelines (found here https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/), we are currently in Phase 1 of a three-phase process intended to provide a gradual and safe return to normalcy.  The heart of these guidelines is predicated on two fundamental criteria: a continuation of physical distancing and increased emphasis on maintaining a sanitary environment, regardless of venue.

So, as we move forward, it is important that people remain aware that it is not an indication that it is now “business as usual”.  While access to various private and public facilities will resume, following the guidelines provided by the White House, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be critical to maintaining a safe environment for everyone.  Closer to home, these same guidelines are the basis for Governor Ducey’s plan to reopen Arizona.  Whether you are a patron, or a proprietor, the following link will provide good information regarding what you can expect, and how you may wish to conduct yourself, as you begin to venture out https://azgovernor.gov/governor/reopening-guidance.

As you begin to access City facilities and utilize City services, be aware you will likely encounter some changes, whether they be to the physical environment or procedural changes designed to follow the protocols discussed above.  We ask that you be courteous and patient as you encounter some of these changes.  It is critical that we all do what we can to ensure that as we begin to reengage in public settings that we do so with the understanding that the safety of all involved is of critical importance.

We thank you for your patience and support.

For further information regarding actions the City of Safford is taking, click here.

Dated 6/3//2020