Sedona Mayor points face protecting requirement | Sedona.Biz


City of Sedona ArizonaSedona AZ (June 25, 2020) – To further limit the spread of COVID-19, Sedona Mayor Sandy Moriarty issued a declaration of emergency that will be required to wear a face to anyone aged five and over from Thursday, June 25, 2020 cover in public where no physical distancing is practiced. This is important because Sedona, the surrounding communities, and the state of Arizona have seen an increase in positive cases of COVID-19 and the percentage of positive cases out of the total number of cases tested.

Moriarty’s proclamation comes the day after a session of Sedona City Council where the majority of city councilors expressed their support for such a proclamation.

A face covering is defined as a cloth or other soft or permeable material that covers the nose, mouth, and the surrounding areas of the lower face. Examples are a headscarf, a homemade cloth cover, or a standard surgical mask.

Examples of public places include grocery and retail stores, pharmacies, health care facilities, restaurants, bars, gyms, and outdoor areas where people gather.

Examples of exceptions that do not require face covering to be worn include:

  • Anyone who cannot wear face covering due to illness.
  • Restaurant guests eating or drinking.
  • Settings where wearing a face covering is not practical or feasible, e.g. B. when receiving dental services or when swimming.
  • During training outdoors, if the physical distance is maintained.

The governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, issued an executive order on June 17, 2020, which among other things stipulated that cities are empowered to issue mandates in their communities to cover the face.

Law enforcement agencies will follow Ducey’s instructions, first focusing on educating the public and handing out face coverings if possible. Continued non-compliance is an offense. “We would prefer not to have to give out a quote. The goal is to educate and achieve compliance through understanding, ”said Charles Husted, Sedona Police Chief.

“I am concerned about the rising number of COVID-19 cases and, more particularly, the accelerating spread of the community in Arizona. We’re not talking about protecting ourselves, we’re talking about others: wearing a face covering does not protect you, it protects others from infection by you. It is a minor inconvenience promoting everyone’s safety and slowing the spread, ”Moriarty said.

The proclamation is valid until further notice.

More information

Read the full proclamation here. If you have any questions, read this FAQ or send an email to

The City of Sedona is reminding residents that in addition to wearing face coverings as described above, you must wash your hands, maintain physical distance, and stay home if you are sick. For more information on the city’s response to COVID-19 and resources available for the community and businesses, please visit

Health resources

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and regional resources:

CDC travel advice.

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