City tightens COVID-19 precautions in lobbies

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The City of Sierra Vista will no longer accept in-person payments at City Hall and has closed all other City facility lobbies aside from the Sierra Vista Police Department and Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center as additional measures against the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.

The City Hall lobby remains open but residents must submit any payments for City services online, by mail, or by using the drive-up drop box located in the north end of the City Hall parking lot. Online payments can be made at www.SierraVistaAZ.gov by going to the “I Want To” tab and highlighting “Pay Online.”

The Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center’s lobby remains open on an appointment basis only. The animal shelter also urges residents to consider fostering a dog or cat while they are spending more time at home to help the shelter conserve space during this difficult time. Adoptions are still available as well. To make an appointment to stop by the shelter, please call (520) 458-4151.

With 234 cases of COVID-19 now confirmed statewide, including one in Cochise County, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order today prohibiting the closure of businesses that provide “essential services” and detailing what qualifies.

“Any businesses that do not offer ‘essential services’ under the state’s definition are urged to suspend operations if they cannot safeguard the health of their customers and employees,” Sierra Vista Mayor Rick Mueller says. “In the event Gov. Ducey extends the state’s current mandated closure of dine-in operations, bars, gyms, and movie theaters to include other types of businesses, the City will follow suit immediately.”

For more information on the governor’s executive order and the most current local updates regarding COVID-19, head to www.SierraVistaAZ.gov and follow the link to the “Combating Coronavirus” webpage.