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Stay Informed About COVID-19

The City of Tucson has created and maintains a COVID-19 website that includes information for businesses, residents, and even activities for kids. Visit the website for the latest information about how the City is conducting business during this crisis and the latest status in the community. The site is updated as information continues to evolve.

Sweetwater Wetlands to Remain Open for Visitors

The City of Tucson is keeping Sweetwater Wetlands open to the public, but there are some changes to help stem the spread of COVID-19. Signage will be posted reminding visitors to keep a six-foot distance from others, not to gather in groups of 10 or more, and to avoid touching surfaces like guardrails and benches. Visitors should also prepare for limited or no access to the public restroom.

Environmental and General Services Department Continues to Provide Services

COVID-19 is impacting everyone in some way, and the City of Tucson’s Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) is working to prevent the spread of the virus as it continues providing essential services. Trash, recycling, and Brush and Bulky pickup will continue on the same schedule, and the landfill is still open.

Stimulus Check Information for Seniors and Low Income

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has confirmed that even people who typically do not file a tax return will need to file to receive an economic impact payment. Low-income taxpayers, senior citizens, Social Security recipients, some veterans and individuals with disabilities who are otherwise not required to file a tax return will not owe tax but must still file a return with the IRS. The IRS is developing a simplified form that should become available very soon.

Here is an excerpt from the IRS website:

City Of Tucson Closes Playgrounds and Additional Amenities at Parks

The mayor, city manager, and Parks and Recreation director announced last night, March 31, that pursuant to Tucson Code Section 21-2(b), Tucson Parks and Recreation has temporarily closed all ramadas, gazebos, playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment, courts for basketball, bocce, and volleyball, as well as horseshoe pits, and splash pads.

Rio Nuevo District Offers Small Business Administration Loan Process Assistance

The Rio Nuevo District is providing free assistance to small businesses to help navigate the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Paycheck Protection programs. These loans help cover payroll costs, paid sick leave, employee salaries, health insurance premiums, rent, utilities, and mortgage interest payments.

Only Ride Transit if It's Essential

The City of Tucson is urging residents to ride public transit only if necessary for essential services, which also complies with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's stay-at-home Executive Order issued this week. The City is currently waiving fares on Sun Tran, Sun Link, and Sun Van. Transit is an essential service and will remain available during this time.

Today is Census Day

Today, April 1, is Census Day, meaning all Americans are asked to fill out their census forms. You should have already received an invitation, and you can respond online, by phone, or by mail. When people respond to the census, their answers are kept anonymous and are used only to produce statistics.

Gov. Ducey Issues Stay-at-Home Order

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order yesterday, March 30, requesting that people "Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected" in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The latest action by the governor follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and comes as a recommendation from public health officials who are tracking data specific to Arizona. The order promotes increased physical distancing, but it also encourages social connections among citizens.

Pima County Board of Supervisors Chairman Richard Elías Died Suddenly Over the Weekend

Pima County continues to mourn the Saturday morning death of Supervisors' Chairman Richard Elías, who was first elected to the board in 2002 and just last week filed papers to run for another four-year term. Elías was a fifth-generation Tucsonan and a champion for environmental issues, working families, children, and seniors.

TPD Warns of Consequences for Failure to Observe Coronavirus Precautions

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus is warning of consequences for people who thoughtlessly host large social gatherings while state and local emergency orders are in place. House parties are not listed as an “essential activity” in Gov. Doug Ducey's Executive Order issued yesterday, March 30.

Activities other than those deemed essential by the governor are specifically prohibited (attendees not remaining in their own homes nor maintaining the prescribed distancing). Attendees at a party could be charged with a class 1 misdemeanor.

Reduced Service and Operations at City Court Extended Through April 17

Tucson City Court instituted operational changes on March 20 to protect the staff and public and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. There will be limited in-person access at the Court building until further notice. People seeking injunctions or appearing for related hearings are allowed in the building, but attendance is limited to counsel, court staff, law enforcement, and interpreters.

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