The City of Sierra Vista is closely monitoring the national outbreak of the novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19. The City is working with our public health partners at the Cochise County Health & Social Services, the Arizona Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to ensure that the City is following best practices for public safety and continuation of City services. See FAQs below for information specific to the City of Sierra Vista.
Statewide 2-1-1 COVID-19 Hotline
Arizona has established a statewide hotline to answer questions and provide information about COVID-19. The line is available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. each day of the week and can be reached by dialing 2-1-1 while an individual is located in Arizona.
July 13 Update
As of July 13, 1068 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Cochise County and 614 have been released from isolation.
Gov. Ducey takes further action to reverse COVID-19 spread in Arizona
As part of continued efforts to reverse the trend of COVID-19 spread in Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey signed another Executive Order on July 9 limiting the total seating for restaurant patrons to less than 50 percent capacity. This is in addition to a June 26 Executive Order that prohibits large gatherings, ceases the issuance of special event licenses, and pauses the operations of bars, gyms, movie theaters, waterparks and tubing rentals. The Governor's Executive Orders are available online.
In addition, Governor Ducey announced, in coordination with Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman, the first day of school for in-person learning will be delayed until August 17, 2020. Schools will be able to conduct distance learning before then should they choose. Learn more.
Face coverings required in Sierra Vista
In a special Council meeting on June 26, Mayor Rick Mueller issued an emergency declaration requiring people over the age of 10 wear face coverings or shields while in public in Sierra Vista when physical distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible, effective Saturday, June 27, and remaining in place until further notice. The declaration comes on the heels of rapidly increasing positive COVID-19 cases in both the State of Arizona and Cochise County, to include Sierra Vista. Those who cannot wear a face covering are exempted, and face coverings are not required in non-public work spaces, in emergency situations, while driving, or while patronizing local restaurants and hotels. Additional information and exceptions are noted in the emergency declaration.
Gov. Doug Ducey announced on Wednesday that local governments may issue such mandates. That decision was largely based on the request of Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino. Nogales and Santa Cruz County have continued to see a large per capita increase of COVID-19 cases.
Changing City and business operations to comply with Gov. Ducey's Executive Orders
The City is closely observing and complying to executive orders issued by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. After a short extension, Gov. Ducey lifted the stay at home order, effective May 16. The order allows the opening of facilities in phases, but continues to encourage safe social distancing and healthy hygiene practices. Businesses, institutions, and other operations are permitted to be open to the public providing they are able to ensure physical distancing, hygiene and disinfection, sickness monitoring, and other practices to ensure public safety.
Residents are still encouraged to take care of any business online whenever possible.
City building lobbies closed until further notice.
Sierra Vista's outdoor amenities reopened in May and remain open. These amenities include the skate park, the dog park, outdoor sports fields and courts. Safe physical distancing of at least 6 feet is strongly advised. If physical distancing is difficult, face coverings are required.
The Oscar Yrun Community Center and Visitor Center was closed for construction in June and remains closed. Customer service for leisure program registrations and payments can be completed over the phone. The Visitor Center will offer curbside pickup of visitor literature.
Although the Sierra Vista Public Library remains closed to the public, a curbside pickup program is available. Patrons may request up to 10 items via the library's digital catalog or by calling (520) 458-4225. Patrons may also return materials using the drive-up drop box located in the library's parking lot or at the book drop by the library entrance starting Monday. A temporary computer lab will be available inside the Mona Bishop Room, Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Vista Transit Center is open. Patrons are requested to observe safe physical distancing both in the Transit Center and on Vista Transit buses. For those who are able to wear them, masks are required to ride Vista Transit buses.
See the City's press release archive for more information about the City's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please see the FAQs below to learn more about facility closures, what the City is doing during this time, where you can find help, and more.
This web page will continue to be updated with the most current information.
Coping while staying at home
The Arizona League of Cities and Towns has created a great resource and activity center to enjoy while staying at home. If you've colored all pages in Sierra Vista's "Hummingbirds of Hope" coloring book, you'll find new coloring pages, virtual tours, links to sports archives, fun websites, and many more resources. Check it out!