Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey yesterday, May 31, issued a statewide Declaration of Emergency, including putting in place a nightly curfew, from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. That curfew will expire on Monday, June 8, at 5 a.m. unless further extended.
Exemptions include law enforcement, authorized emergency responders, and media. People are allowed in public to travel to and from work, seek medical care, attend religious services, or patronize private businesses. Businesses are permitted to be open under the governor’s curfew.
The next group of roadways included in the crack seal/fog seal program began receiving treatment today, June 1, with an expected completion date of Wednesday, June 10. Work will take place on Speedway Boulevard between Greasewood Road and Silverbell Road and on Speedway Boulevard between Main Avenue and Second Avenue. During the improvement project, there will be day and night work Monday through Friday. Please drive through the work areas with caution.
Does your pet need vaccinations or mild medical care due to the struggles you’ve faced because of COVID-19? Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) is offering free vaccinations and minor medical care for non-surgery procedures, such as ear infections, urinary tract infections, allergies, etc. to those who qualify.
Dental work, cancer treatment, and more serious issues are not covered as part of the program.
The next monthly virtual meeting of the Santa Cruz Watershed Collaborative features Dr. Michael T. Bogan from the University of Arizona speaking about the “Rebirth of the Santa Cruz River and the Return of Aquatic Species.” Dr. Bogan’s presentation takes place Wednesday, June 3, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m., with time for questions.
Beginning Wednesday, June 3, the Tucson Audubon Society will resume hosting weekly field trips to see the birds of Sweetwater Wetlands. Preregistration is required and the following restrictions will apply: no more than 10 people in the group, including the guide; everyone must wear a face covering; and everyone must observe safe social distancing. Birders of all experience levels are welcome. Start times through August are at 6 a.m.
Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), will begin a crack seal/fog seal program on various roadways throughout the City. During the three-month-long roadway improvement project there will be day and night work. Crews will work Monday through Friday, with occasional weekend work. The dates, work hours and locations where the improvements will take place in the next two weeks of the program are:
As far as recreation goes, one of the most important things our city can offer is pools over the summer. Most families don’t have pools at home, and they don’t have access to pools at gyms or private clubs either. That’s why one of my priorities has been to make our city pools available for as many people as possible. Swimming is one of the few opportunities for outdoor recreation when it’s 102 outside. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say it’s a necessity.
Tucson City Court will begin a phased reopening, with restrictions, on Monday, June 1. Reopening protocols set by the Arizona Supreme Court will require staff and visitors to receive a temperature scan before entering the building, wear a mask or face covering, and socially distance to the extent possible. There will be limited court access.
The City of Tucson this week was awarded a $3,757,100 grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the purchase of new zero-emission buses. The City last summer purchased its first electric bus for the Sun Tran fleet with a $2.6 million FTA grant.
Several community providers are participating in the Arizona Testing Blitz for COVID-19, as part of an effort from Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS). Policies and procedures for patient criteria, billing, and preregistration requirements vary by site, and many tests are free.
As temperatures rise in Tucson this weekend, stay safe as you enjoy a trip to the pool. Following Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance while enjoying the pool can help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Guidelines include staying 6 feet away from people who do not live with you, staying home if you are not feeling well, limiting the sharing of pool toys and equipment, and using cloth face coverings when not in the water.
Eastbound and westbound Broadway Boulevard will be temporarily closed to travel at Highland Avenue on Monday, June 1, from approximately 3:30-5:30 a.m., while crews install a sewer bypass system across Broadway at Highland Avenue. Access to Highland, south of Broadway, will not be affected during this work. During the eastbound and westbound Broadway closure, travelers can detour on Cherry Avenue, Fremont Avenue, and Ninth Street.
Motorists are urged to obey the 25 mph speed limit along the detour route.
The project is scheduled to be completed in September 2021.