On March 26, 2021, the Pima County Health Department released a new Public Health Advisory, seeking to encourage businesses and residents to continue their use of face masks, social distancing, and other tools to prevent COVID-19. On March 25, Governor Doug Ducey’s Executive Order 2021-06 removed limitations on businesses and the ability for local governments to impose or up hold mask requirements.
“We can see that there is a pathway to the end of this pandemic,” said Dr. Theresa Cullen, Health Department Director. “To stay on that path, we have to continue to protect each other and ourselves. Face masks, social distancing, and vaccination are all part of the steps that will get us there. We have to continue using these tools.”
Key updates in the Advisory include:
- Over 400,000 vaccine doses have been given across Pima County, far surpassing the County’s goal of 300,000 immunizations by March 31.
- Expansion of eligibility for vaccination in Pima County to anyone 55 or older, people 16 or older with certain high risk medical or other conditions, and anyone who qualifies as an essential worker.
- A request that face coverings continue to be worn at all times when in public or when less than 6 feet from individuals not in the same house hold.
- A request that people continue to focus on using tools that help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 like social distancing, washing their hands often, and avoiding contact when others when sick.
- A change in guidance for gatherings, requesting that outdoor gatherings be limited to 200 people in venues where social distancing is possible. This is and increase from the March 5th Public Health Advisory that recommended 25 or fewer attendees.
Along with the guidance included in the Public Health Advisory, the Health Department also encourages people to be thoughtful about gathering for the Easter and Passover holidays. As these holidays approach, residents are encouraged to:
- Gather virtually, with people who live with you, OR outside and at least 6 feet apart from others.
- Enjoy traditional meals with those who live with you.
- Practice religious holiday customs at home.
- Prepare and deliver a meal to a neighbor.
- Watch virtual religious and cultural performances.
- Attend religious ceremonies virtually.
- If you plan to celebrate with others, outdoors is safer than indoors.
You can find the full Public Health Advisory and information about vaccine eligibility and registration at https://www.pima.gov/covid19