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 **COVID-19 Response**   The following official announcements have been made by the city in regards to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus)   In an effort to minimize the visits to City Hall, please use our online services for paying your water bill  https://ubill.avondale.org/

Avondale is following guidance provided by the state Governor’s Executive Orders: https://azgovernor.gov/executive-orders. Effective Sunday, June 21, 2020 the wearing of face coverings by employees and customers will be required in all city facilities,  retail establishments, convenience stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, gyms, indoor sports or activity facilities, and medical offices. Additionally, these businesses will be required to post notice of these requirements at their entrances. (see more: COVID-19 Response)

 

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Avondale Mandates Face Coverings for Businesses in Response to Covid-19 Cases

Post Date:06/18/2020

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For immediate release: June 18, 2020

Media Contact:  Ingrid Melle, Avondale AZ PIO imelle@avondaleaz.gov 623-333-1614  

Avondale Mandates Face Coverings for Businesses in Response to Covid-19 Cases

Governor Doug Ducey yesterday announced that he will allow local governments to implement and enforce face covering policies to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the state. In response, Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise is joining several mayors across the state to implement a local order with regard to mandating face coverings.

“My priorities lie with the health and safety of the residents of Avondale, our first responders and health care workers during this time of rising coronavirus cases in Arizona,” said Mayor Weise. “The Centers for Disease Control has reported that masks or face coverings are effective in preventing the transmission of COVID-19. The Governor has now given each community the authority to put in place requirements for face masks. As Covid-19 cases in Arizona continue to rise, it’s critical that we do everything we can to stop the spread of this virus and prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed with very sick individuals.” 

In a Declaration of Emergency Proclamation (see: https://www.avondaleaz.gov/government/mayor-council/proclamations), effective Sunday, June 21, the wearing of face coverings by employees and customers will be required in all retail establishments, convenience stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, gyms, indoor sports or activity facilities, and medical offices. Additionally, these businesses will be required to post notice of this requirements at their entrances. Affected businesses can download a copy of the notice from the City’s website at https://www.avondaleaz.gov//Home/ShowDocument?id=14638 

Prior to the Governor’s announcement, Avondale had already planned to implement a face mask requirement for all individuals entering a city facility. City employees are also required to wear a face mask when interacting with the public. In addition to requiring face masks in city facilities, the order also calls for social distancing when using City parks and ramadas.

The proclamation makes exceptions for individuals with disabilities or underlying health conditions that prohibit them from wearing a face covering. Children under 2 years of age are also exempt.

“Our intention is to focus on raising awareness of the health concerns facing Arizonans due to the rising number of coronavirus cases, and to spread the message from public health officials that wearing a face mask, in addition to other measures, can curb the spread of this illness,” said Avondale City Manager Charles Montoya. “However, it also gives the City the ability to enforce the wearing of face masks if necessary.”

The proclamation states that any enforcement “shall focus first on educating and working to promote best practices to accomplish the goal of mitigation. Before an enforcement action is taken to enforce this order, a person shall be notified and given an opportunity to comply.”

Businesses failing to comply with the proclamation may be subject to the revocation of their business license, as well as penalties and fines. Individuals may also be cited for a misdemeanor and subject to penalties and fines.

Preventing the spread of COVID-19

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet). This occurs through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Here's how you can reduce the risk to yourself and the people you care about:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay at home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) and immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Wear cloth face coverings, if it can be safely managed, in public settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • If you are at higher risk for severe illness, you should avoid attending congregate settings. People at higher risk for severe illness include adults 65 or older and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions.

Please see CDC’s Recommendations regarding the use of face coverings https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html

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