Governor Ducey Announces Enhanced COVID-19 Action Plan
-Masks Required in City Government Buildings Beginning June 22-
KINGMAN, Ariz. – Governor Ducey announced new public health guidance and a new Executive Order 2020-40 to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Therefore, beginning Monday, June 22, 2020, anyone entering a city government building will be required to wear a mask; this includes city team members and members of the community. The new Executive Order also includes requirements for businesses, and specific requirements for bars and restaurants:
- Section 3 of the Executive Oder reinforces that businesses must update and enforce written policies in accordance with Executive Order 2020-36 — in line with guidance from specific public health sources to limit and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The section also affirms that law enforcement and regulatory agencies that have jurisdiction over the businesses may enforce this requirement.
- Section 4 of the EO permits counties, cities, and towns to adopt policies regarding the wearing of face coverings in public for the purpose of mitigating the spread of COVID-19. This policy is the result of recent data that shows significant differences in rates of COVID-19 diagnosis between areas of the state that justify a local approach to this provision.
Kingman Mayor Jen Miles said, “Governor Ducey has provided cities and counties flexibility to decide whether wearing face masks is mandatory in our communities. At this time, the city is not making mask wearing a requirement when out in public, but as stated above, masks will be mandatory inside our city government buildings. We will continue to monitor the spread in our community and the capacity of our health care system to care for those requiring hospitalization. To curb the spread of this virus, we ask everyone to socially distance in public and please do wear a mask. So many of us know people who have suffered from COVID-19, some of whom have died. Let us do the right things to safeguard and maximize health in our community.”
The Governor also offered enhanced guidance regarding limited congregating. Arizona’s Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger Executive Order issued on May 12 requires businesses and other entities operating in the state to implement health and safety plans to protect workers and customers and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Updated guidance issued today by ADHS requires specific health measures be taken by establishments, including:
- Physically distancing of 6 feet
- Providing employees with face-coverings and requiring usage
- Conducting symptom checks for all employees before shifts
- Requiring sick employees to stay home
- And increasing the frequency of employee hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting
As a reminder, the July 7, 2020, City Council meeting will be held virtually, as the city continues to take the necessary steps to continue to protect City Council members, our community, and city team members to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The City of Kingman is conducting the July 7, 2020, formal City Council meetings virtually, with the ability for submitted public comment. Meeting policy, and public comment guidelines for all virtual meetings are listed below:
- Per the ongoing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), no more than 10 people should be gathered at the same time, therefore no Council or Commission meetings are taking place in the Council Chambers.
- Residents can submit comments on any item on the June 16, 2020, City Council agenda before 9:00a.m. on Tuesday, June 16, or July 7, 2020, by emailing [email protected] or dropping off handwritten comments at the Main City Complex. (Commission meetings will follow same guidelines for day-of meeting.)
- Please indicate the item number on the agenda you are commenting on. The emails/written statements will be provided to council/commissioners in a .pdf for them to review, and the list of names and topics that were submitted will be read. A copy of all submissions in their entirety will be attached to the minutes and made a part of public record.
- Regarding upcoming public hearings at the July 7, 2020, virtual meetings: residents wishing to comment on any of the public hearings must contact the city clerk’s office, no later than 9:00 a.m. on the day of that meeting (July 7, 2020, Council meeting). Comments will be accepted in written and standard audio format (.wav or .mp4). Audio comments must be under 3 minutes in length and can be submitted to the city clerk or deputy city clerk by email: [email protected], or by dropping them off to the clerk’s office located at 310 N. 4th Street.
- City Clerk hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- As in the past, residents can watch the Council and/or Commissions meetings live streamed at youtube.com/cityofkingman or Cable Channel 4
- The future, virtual meeting agendas can be found here: www.cityofkingman.gov/government/agendas-minutes
We appreciate the community’s support of the temporary adjustment to our formal City Council meetings.