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Posted on: April 30, 2020

Governor Ducey Extends Stay at Home Order to May 15th: How does that impact Tolleson?

The City of Tolleson remains committed to caring for the health and well-being of our residents, customers, community and staff while playing a constructive role in supporting local health officials and government leaders. State and federal public health officials advise that a phased approach to re-opening be used to protect our entire community.

Therefore, the City of Tolleson will implement a phased plan to resume service delivery. Based on the current May 15th end date of Governor Doug Ducey’s Stay at Home Order, the City’s phased approach will begin once the order expires or will be expanded should the date be extended. In the interim, City staff will continue provide all essential services virtually via phone, online and email.           

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we are all adjusting to the uncertainty of the current circumstances. 

View Governor Ducey’s Executive Order here. Below are some highlights from his order.

Can I leave my home?

Under this policy, all individuals in the State of Arizona shall limit their time away from their place of residence or property, except:

  • To conduct or participate in Essential Activities;
  • For employment, to volunteer or participate in Essential Functions;
  • To utilize any services or products provided by Essential Businesses;
  • Employment, if as a sole proprietor or family owned business, work is conducted in a separate office space from your home and the business is not open to serve the public; and
  • No person shall be required to provide documentation or proof of their activities to justify their activities under this order.

What are essential activities?

Obtaining necessary supplies and services for family, household members and pets, such as groceries, food and supplies for household consumption and use, supplies and equipment needed to work from home, assignments for completion of distance learning and products necessary to maintain safety, sanitation and essential maintenance of the home and residence

  • Engaging in activities essential for the health and safety of family, household    members and pets, including things such as seeking medical, behavioral health or emergency services and obtaining medical supplies or medication;
  • Caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household or residence, which includes but is not limited to transportation of a family member, friend or their pet for essential health and safety activities and to obtain necessary supplies and services for the other household;
  • Engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking or golfing, but only if appropriate physical distancing practices are used;
  • Attending or conducting work or volunteering in Essential Functions which includes but is not limited to transporting children to child care services for attending work in an essential service;
  • Engaging in constitutionally protected activities such as speech and religion, and any legal or court process provided that such is conducted in a manner that provides appropriate physical distancing to the extent feasible; and
  • Persons may visit retailers permitted to operate pursuant to this order.

How does the Stay at Home Order extension impact essential businesses that have been OPEN throughout the Stay at Home Order in Arizona?

Businesses and entities that remain open shall implement rules and procedures that facilitate physical distancing and spacing of individuals of at least six feet.

  • All businesses that are classified as Essential Functions may remain open and maintain operations, but shall establish and implement social distancing and sanitation measures established by the United States Department of Labor or the Arizona Department of Health Services.
  • Essential Functions conducted by governmental entities shall remain open. Government leaders may adjust operations to promote physical distancing, including but not limited to offering on-line services as feasible, limiting the number of persons in a physical space or limiting access to specific facilities or areas to protect from the spread of COVID-19.
  • Employment in Essential Businesses and Operations means an essential employee performing work for an Essential Function as identified in the "Prohibiting the Closure of Essential Services" Executive Order list.

How does the Stay at Home Order extension impact non-essential businesses that been CLOSED throughout the Stay at Home Order in Arizona?

Except as provided herein (in the Executive Order), non-essential businesses may continue to operate those activities that do not require in-person, on-site transactions and are encouraged to maintain at least minimum basic operations that maintain the value of the business’ inventory, preserve the condition of the business’ physical plant and equipment, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences, and related functions to include mail pickup.

Businesses that sell goods:

Effective May 4, 2020, retailers which are not classified as essential under Executive Order 2020-12, Prohibiting the Closure of Essential Services, and whose business involves the sale of goods, may operate and offer goods through delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, drive-up service, curbside delivery or appointment provided they establish and implement protocols and best practices for businesses to address COVID-19 as outlined in this order.

Effective May 8, 2020 retailers which are not classified as essential under Executive Order 2020-12, Prohibiting the Closure of Essential Services, and whose business involves the sale of goods may open, operate and offer goods for sale to customers in their stores provided they establish and implement protocols and best practices for businesses to address COVID-19 as outlined in this order.

View Governor Ducey’s Executive Order https://azgovernor.gov/executive-orders.

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