Unmasking the challenges forward for companies in Flagstaff – Arizona Every day Solar

Bella Viotti, 10, looks up to her mother, Tina, and brother Alex, 10, as they walk through downtown Flagstaff wearing masks in this file photo.

Local businesses across the city have had to adapt following the end of stay-at-home orders and the recent mandate on facial coverings in public spaces in response to the COVD-19 pandemic.

Nearly three months after a declaration of emergency by the City of Flagstaff, the city is working to safely and strategically to reopen nonessential establishments.

Flagstaff is currently in stage two of the city’s reopening plan, which is broken down into four stages and designed to slowly ease the city into reopening while limiting the spread of COVID-19. Stage two allows for certain businesses to reopen, but restrictions on large gatherings remain.

Since the city and state closed in mid-March, essential businesses, such as grocery stores and take-out dining, have stayed open with safety measures in place, but as non-essential services have begun to reopen, Arizona has seen a sharp spike in positive COVID-19 tests.

On Monday, Ducey ordered bars, gyms and movie theaters to close for 30 days statewide and banned large gatherings because of the surge in cases.

Mayor Coral Evans implemented a requirement of facial coverings in public spaces where social distancing is not possible June 18. According to the proclamation, public spaces include, but are not limited to restaurants,  libraries, museums, grocery stores, convenience stores and so on.

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