Re-Opening Guidance

Governor's Executive Order Updates

On March 25, 2021, Governor Doug Ducey announced several updates to the state’s COVID-19 measures, including events, businesses, and local ordinances. 

Under the changes announced by Governor Ducey:

  • Events of more than 50 people will no longer need the approval of local governments. These events should continue to follow safe practices and CDC recommendations, including physical distancing. This includes youth sports
  • The business guidance will transition from requirements to recommendations. Governor Ducey is providing businesses with the ability to continue requiring masks and social distancing. Masks continue to be required in Coconino County buildings. 
  • Bars have already been allowed to operate as “dine-in” at full capacity. They will now be allowed to resume regular operations, with the ability to require social distancing and masks.
  • Local government mask mandates are no longer enforceable effective immediately. Mask usage, in addition to other COVID-19 prevention measures such as physical distancing and washing hands frequently, are still strongly encouraged, especially in groups that are not vaccinated.
  • The Executive Order does allow Coconino County to maintain its existing mask and mitigation mandates on Coconino County property. Those entering County buildings and property will need to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Click here to view All Executive Orders from the Office of the Governor, Doug Ducey.

Updated Guidance

Coconino County recommends following guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). Businesses are encouraged to develop reopening plans that support best public health practices based on the current guidance and the current local situation.

CDC COVID-19 Guidance

AHDS COVID-19 Administrative Orders

Highlighted Topics

The Weekly Schools Update is available on the Dashboard Data page. 

  • ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES EMERGENCY MEASURE 2020-04 (Slowing the Spread of COVID-19 in Schools) was not rescinded in Executive Order 2021-06.
  • Coconino County does not have the authority to dictate if schools are open, closed, or in a hybrid model. The County provides data which leaders in schools use to make decisions.

Spring and Summer Activities

Reopening Plans

To submit plans for a free review, please download and save the attached Re-entry Cover Sheet . The Re-entry Cover Sheet functions best if filled and saved in either Adobe Reader or Fox-it Reader. Follow the directions on the form and then submit the plans with the cover sheet at the following link: 

Submission and plan review do not assure compliance with recommended state and federal guidelines. Businesses are encouraged to prioritize health and physical distancing in reopening decisions. Plans will be reviewed by a team of public health experts. The target return time is within 3 business days of submission, but may exceed that timeframe based on demand. 

Coconino County Special Event Application during COVID-19: For events in unincorporated Coconino County in and on Coconino County properties, submit this Application, along with any additional documents, at least 14 business days before the event, to LINK to form