The restrictions that prevented local governments from implementing their own rules on masks were lifted this week. Mayor Regina Romero quickly used the opportunity to issue an order that Tucsonans wear masks in public when social distancing is not practical.
I support the order.
I’ve heard from a few of you who object to the order. I’d like to talk about a few of the arguments I heard and tell you why I find them less than compelling.
Today marks the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth. The holiday commemorates June 19, 1865, the day slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned about the Emancipation Proclamation, making them among the last to be freed.
Concerns surrounding coronavirus caused the cancellation of the large Juneteenth event traditionally held in Tucson. This Is Tucson has posted a listing of smaller events the community can participate in starting today.
The City of Tucson Mayor and City Council will hold a Special Meeting at 5 p.m. tonight. The lone agenda item involves discussing face coverings. The meeting will be held virtually and in-person attendance will not be allowed.
You can view the agenda on the City’s website and watch the meeting live on the City’s YouTube channel.
The City of Tucson is hosting two virtual budget presentations with City Manager Michael Ortega and Chief Financial Officer Joyce Garland. The first meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 22, and be followed by a second presentation on Monday, June 29, at noon.
The public can join the meetings using the links or phone numbers provided at tucsonaz.gov. The presentations will also be recorded and published to the City’s YouTube page.
Yesterday, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero issued a new proclamation requiring face coverings to be worn in Tucson city limits. Effective Saturday, June 20, at 6 a.m., every person in the City of Tucson over the age of two is required to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in a public setting where continuous physical distancing is difficult or impossible.
Tucson Parks and Recreation is seeking the community's input on the new splash pad planned for Gene C. Reid Park outside the Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center, 3455 E. Zoo Ct, Tucson, Ariz., 85716 (near the Zoo). The department is looking for comments on the older children's splash area concepts and the toddler area.
The survey will be open until July 5. This project is part of the Tucson Delivers Parks + Connections bond projects using 2018 voter-approved bond funds.
As of this morning, June 18, there are now 4,682 reports of COVID-19 cases in Pima County and 43,443 in Arizona. Those numbers are up significantly from yesterday.
Keep in mind, though, that those numbers include cases where people have recovered, as state health officials do not track recoveries. There have now been 1,271 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona, up from, 1,239 the day before.
As of this morning, June 18, the Bighorn Fire in the Coronado National Forest has grown to 31,208 acres and is 40% contained. It's currently burning through dense fuel as it creeps closer to the western edge of the Summerhaven community.
The Tucson Industrial Development Authority (TIDA) has increased the household income limits and purchase price limits for its Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) Program. The increase makes more people eligible for the program, which is designed to reduce a first-time homebuyer’s federal income tax bill by providing an annual dollar-for-dollar federal tax credit of 40 percent of the mortgage interest paid, up to $2,000.
The City of Tucson's Office of Economic Initiatives (ConnectTucson) is inviting local businesses to join a free webinar on Monday, June 22, from 3-4 p.m., on the latest help for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This webinar will feature Tucson hotel operators, who will share their responses to the pandemic. In addition, hear how the region is faring with the latest trends and updates in our hospitality industry.
As of this morning, June 17, there are now 4,385 reports of COVID-19 cases in Pima County and 40,924 in Arizona. Keep in mind, though, that those numbers include cases where people have recovered. State health officials do not track recoveries.
There have now been 1,239 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona. Meanwhile, the City of Tucson created and maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website that includes information for businesses, residents, and even activities for kids. The site is updated as information continues to evolve.