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Travel Advisory

Healthy Travel Practices

September 9, 2020 11:00 a.m.

Welcome and thank you for stopping by.  This page is the best place to stay current on what is happening in Sedona as we deal with the coronavirus pandemic. 

After extending an Executive Order extending the closure of gyms, bars, nightclubs, movie theaters and water parks throughout the state, on August 11 Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services released opening criteria for these businesses.

Sedona is located within two counties, Yavapai and Coconino, but mainly in Yavapai County. According to information released by the City of Sedona, Yavapai County  “qualifies as a county with moderate transmission by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and gyms, movie theaters, and bars that have a food permit may reopen...”

The state’s two most populous counties, Maricopa (Phoenix) and Pima Counties (Tucson), also meet the moderate transmission benchmark as COVID-19 case numbers continue to improve after spiking in June.  The ‘moderate’ benchmark means fewer than 100 cases per 100,000 people with a positivity test rate below 10%.

Onsite dining in Arizona restaurants continues to be limited to 50% of capacity, and gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited. Governor Ducey has not announced an end date for these restrictions.

Many tour companies stores, hotels, resorts, galleries and attractions have re-opened with Sedona | Safe.Clean.Ready safety pactices in place, including many restaurants observing the Governor's 50% onsite capacity rule.  

Sedona Mayor Sandy Moriarty has ordered that anyone five years or older in a public place in Sedona is required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask where continuous physical distancing is difficult or impossible. 

There are several exemptions as well as definitions of face coverings, public places and physical distancing. Please review the proclamation and FAQs before coming to Sedona. If you have questions, email questions@sedonaaz.gov.

Sedona | Safe.Clean.Ready is Your Guide to Businesses and Sedona Safety Standards  

SedonaSafeCleanReady.com shares the hundreds of local businesses committed to stringent safety standards and these eight safety practices we encourage visitors and residents to follow:

  • Stay home if sick.
  • Protect yourself while visiting.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others while in restaurants, attractions, establishments and in lines.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when you have to go out in public.
  • If you are at higher risk for severe illness, take extra precaution.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • If possible, use touchless payment (pay without touching money, a card, or a keypad). If you must handle money, a card, or use a keypad, use hand sanitizer right after paying.
  • After leaving an establishment, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. When you get home or back to your lodging establishment, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Our ‘What’s Open?’ site lets you know which businesses are open, closed or operating with restrictions.

We also encourage you to take the Sedona Cares Pledge before you visit, and help us protect our fragile, sacred land.

We recommend Arizona DHS as a good source for more Arizona COVID-19 information. Governor Ducey has made a phone number, 211, and a website, 211Arizona.org, available for questions and updates.

Sedona Trails Open, Fire Restrictions Implemented

All Sedona trails have reopened with a few exceptions. Some heritage sites such as Palataki and V-Bar-V remain closed. 

The Sedona Fire strict has announced Stage 1 fire restrictions due to very dry weather. Fires, campfires, charcoal, coal, and wood stoves are prohibited, except within a developed recreation site. Smoking is also prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or a developed recreation site. Using a device that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off is allowed in areas that are barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.

Fireworks are always prohibited on all national forest lands.

Visitor Center Open, Digital Services Available

Visitor Center staff and volunteers are available to answer your questions in-person, by phone, email or live chat every day, 8:30am-5pm. 

Here is how to get in touch:

Check out Amazing Sedona Online

We know a touch of Sedona can brighten anyone’s day, so if you are not planning to travel any time soon, please visit local businesses offering online products deliverable to your home and online services you can enjoy wherever you are. Now is a great time to acquire a little piece of The Most Beautiful Place on Earth.

We are also promoting virtual events, offering a unique way to visit us from the safety of home.

You can be inspired by Sedona anytime by visiting our live webcam. You can also share the beauty of Red Rock Country during your next Zoom conference.  Download a beautiful Sedona image, and then upload it to your Zoom account as a background.  When you do, share your story on Facebook #SedonaStrong.

We look forward to seeing you as soon as possible - safe, happy, healthy and ready to fall in love with the Most Beautiful Place on Earth.

Be well!

-Jennifer Wesselhoff
President/CEO
Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau

CDC Guidelines:

  • Wash hands regularly with warm water and soap.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.

The following sites are additional informational resources: 

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