Sedona Mayor Responds to Governor’s Keep-at-Residence Order


How the Stay-At-Home Regulation will affect Sedona residents

Kristina Abbey

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To limit the spread of COVID-19, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued an order to stay at home throughout Arizona through April 30, 2020.

The order states that Arizona residents must limit time outside the home except:

  • Perform or participate in essential activities.
  • For employment, to volunteer or participate in essential functions.
  • Use of services or products provided by essential business services.
  • If you are a sole proprietor or a family business, the work is done in an office space separate from your home and the business is not open to the public.

As part of this executive order, essential activities include:

  • Procuring necessary supplies and services for family members, household members and pets, such as groceries, groceries and supplies for household consumption.
  • Engage in activities that are essential to health and safety, including finding medical, behavioral, health, or emergency medical services, and obtaining medical care or medication.
  • Caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household or residence, including but not limited to transportation for essential health and safety measures and the procurement of necessary supplies and services for the other household.
  • Outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, running, cycling, or golfing, but only if appropriate physical distancing practices are used.
  • Participate in work in or perform essential services, including, but not limited to, transporting children to childcare services to participate in work in an essential service.
  • The democratic process includes constitutionally protected activities such as language and religion, including coordinating legal or judicial processes, provided that these are carried out in a manner that provides reasonable physical distancing, as far as practicable.

Download the entire Executive Order here and read the Governor’s list of essential services here. The governor’s press release on this order can be found here.

Restaurants may continue to provide take-out and delivery services, spas and salons may continue to operate, and non-essential businesses may only conduct activities that do not require personal on-site transactions.

Anyone who violates this proclamation will be notified and given the opportunity to comply. Thereafter, anyone who does not comply will be guilty of a class 1 offense.

This executive order replaces the emergency proclamation from Sedona Mayor Sandy Moriarty, but Moriarty supports the governor’s decision. “Now is the time for people to start treating social distancing as if their life depends on it – because it could be easy,” Moriarty said.

The city is in regular contact with the Arizona Department of Health, Coconino and Yavapai counties, as well as their epidemiologists, emergency response teams and policy leaders, health professionals and other stakeholders to monitor the situation on a daily basis.

More information

Read the city’s FAQ document compiled for this order here.

If you have any questions, send an email to

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, see the following CDC, state and county resources:

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