Healthy Travel Practices
March 26, 2021
Greetings to you from Red Rock Country and Sedona, The Most Beautiful Place on Earth. This page is the best place to stay current on what is happening with Sedona’s response to COVID-19.
SEDONA STATEMENT ON ARIZONA’S LIFTING OF COVID RESTRICTIONS URGES CONTINUED USE OF MASKS, SOCIAL DISTANCING
The City of Sedona issued a statement March 26 regarding Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s lifting of COVID restrictions and mask orders. The statement includes remarks from Sedona Mayor Sandy Moriarty encouraging businesses and citizens to continue following CDC guidelines regarding masks and social distancing. You can read the statement here.
AZ GOVERNOR RESCINDS COVID RESTRICTIONS, BUSINESSES OKed TO RESUME “NORMAL OPERATIONS”
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued a press release and Executive Order March 25, 2021, announcing that Arizona businesses can resume normal operations, effective immediately. This includes: hotels and resorts, restaurants and bars, fitness centers, pools, waterparks/tubing, movie theaters and attractions.
Key changes include:
- All events over 50 people no longer need the approval of local governments.
- Events should continue to follow safe practices and CDC recommendations.
- Business guidance also transitions from requirements to recommendations.
- Governor Ducey is providing businesses with the ability to continue requiring masks and social distancing at their discretion.
- Questions about these changes can be submitted to the Arizona Office of Tourism: firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to the Arizona Office of Tourism, several positive data points enabled these changes:
- 10 weeks of declining cases.
- Opening of vaccine appointments to all Arizonans over 16.
- Mass distribution of the vaccine: 3,041,773 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to 1,927,278 individuals in Arizona, including 1,185,986 who have been fully vaccinated.
- A recent CDC evaluation ranking Arizona among the best states in the nation for getting the COVID-19 vaccine to vulnerable communities.
- President Biden’s recent promise that every American will be able to be vaccinated by May 1.
According to the governor’s news release, “Some local governments have implemented “mandates,” however, they have rarely, if ever, been enforced. Under this latest action, those local mandates will be phased out. Mask usage is still encouraged, especially in groups that are not vaccinated.”
According to Governor Ducey’s accompanying Executive Order, businesses and nonprofits “still maintain the right to institute and enforce policies to mitigate against COVID-19 spread including the use of face coverings and physical distancing and retain the right to refuse service to those who do not comply with the policies.”
This is good news for the ongoing recovery of Arizona’s economy and tourism industry. In making the announcement, Arizona Office of Tourism Director Debbie Johnson states her office will continue to market safe and responsible travel to ensure that we keep moving forward on this positive path.
Vaccinations for Local Residents are Underway
Arizona is prioritizing health care workers, residents of long term care facilities, educators and vulnerable populations as COVID-19 vaccination programs get underway. Vaccine administration is currently active in Yavapai and Coconino counties, where Sedona is located.
Sedona is Practicing Safe and Healthy Guidelines
COVID-19 remains a threat to public health, and we strongly encourage you to join us in taking every precaution if you are visiting Red Rock Country.
Face coverings are required for everyone in all public places. You will see reminders all over town as part of our “Mask Up, Sedona” and Sedona | Safe.Clean.Ready campaigns. Hundreds of local businesses have signed on to Sedona | Safe.Clean.Ready, committing to rigorous safety standards.
We are also advising visitors to adhere to these safety practices to keep our residents and community healthy:
- Stay home if you are sick or if you have been in contact with a sick person.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Maintain a six foot distance from others.
- Limit contact with others.
- Avoid congregation in public areas.
- Stay on trails except to let people pass (maintain six foot distance).
Follow these guidelines, and you too, are safe, clean and ready for Sedona.
Visitors have returned to our hotels, our trails are open to the great Sedona outdoors, and our amazing restaurants are serving, in gorgeous outdoor settings with stringent safety standards.
Our ‘What’s Open?’ site shows you which businesses are open, closed or operating with restrictions.
Note that some heritage sites such as Palataki and V-Bar-V remain closed.
The Arizona Office of Tourism offers an excellent review of the state’s restrictions organized by type of business.
Yavapai County Community Health Services and Northern Arizona Healthcare offer up to date statistics on COVID-19’s local impact, including the number and location of cases, hospital bed space and critical care bed space. Please stay updated and informed on these statistics.
We recommend Arizona DHS as a good source for more Arizona COVID-19 information.
If you are planning to visit, please review Sedona | Safe.Clean.Ready protocols and use our website to find attractions and activities. Our Visitor Center volunteers and staff are available seven days a week to connect you with everything you need to make your trip to Red Rock Country a memorable experience. Call us at 800.288.7336, live chat with us on our website or stop by the Visitor Center at the corner of Forest Rd. and 89A in uptown Sedona any day of the week from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. You can also send us an email anytime.
We look forward to seeing you soon - safe, happy, healthy and ready to fall in love with The Most Beautiful Place on Earth.
The following sites are additional informational resources:
- CDC website on coronavirus.
- Tips on coronavirus prevention.
- CDC’s travel notices.
- Coconino County Health and Human Services information.
- Yavapai County Health Services website.