By: Kathleen Eriksen, President & CEO, Downtown Tucson Partnership
The safety of Downtown Tucson residents, workers, and visitors is of the utmost importance to the Downtown Tucson Partnership. We want you to know that we are monitoring all recommendations and updates from government officials surrounding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), and we will inform our stakeholders of relevant changes. Our first priority is to take appropriate steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure our entire downtown community remains healthy.
We have increased the frequency of cleaning with the use of hospital grade sanitation fluid to wipe down surfaces. Daily power washing of the sidewalks continues each night. All life size game pieces, tables, and chairs in Jácome Plaza are wiped down multiple times each day. A hand sanitizer station is available for public use in Jácome Plaza. The City of Tucson has also deployed six hand washing stations throughout downtown. Our staff members are washing their hands frequently and wearing rubber gloves when cleaning. We ask both our staff and visitors to stay home if they are sick.
COVID-19 related postponements and cancellations have made downtown events increasingly difficult to monitor, and because we always want to distribute accurate information, the Downtown Tucson Partnership has suspended publication of the Weekend Report through the end of March.
During this time of adjustments in social events, work schedules, and travel, we encourage you to remember our many small businesses in downtown and throughout our community. Many Downtown Tucson restaurants, stores, and cultural institutions are taking extra steps to ensure their spaces are clean and safe for customers. Follow guidance from public health officials regarding social distancing and proper health etiquette if and when visiting businesses and public spaces.
If you are not able to visit stores and restaurants physically, there are still things you can do to support our local businesses:
- Shop online. Many downtown retailers have online shopping available.
- Order takeout or delivery from restaurants.
- Purchase gift certificates from downtown businesses and entertainment/cultural venues.
First and foremost, prioritize and take all health and safety precautions for yourself and others in our community. Our community health as a whole depends on working together, and our small businesses are critical to the Downtown Tucson economy. We want to make sure they continue to stay successful while maintaining appropriate public health safety measures.
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