Statement from Mayor Mengarelli Regarding The Governor’s New Executive Orders

Here is a statement from Prescott  Mayor Greg Mengarelli:

Yesterday the Governor issued a new executive order, with enhanced actions to contain the spread of COVID-19. 

During the press conference, the Governor noted that Yavapai County, and Prescott were performing the best in the state, in terms of percentage of positive cases.   Yavapai Community Health Services tells me that Yavapai County has a .2 percent infection rate based on population, and a 2.5% positive rate of testing.

Thank you to everyone for your efforts so far to keep our community safe.  And thank you to the Governor for allowing local control is some situations.

As we see case counts increasing in Arizona, our work is not done.  Now more than ever we need each of you to continue to practice all of the safety measures set forth by the Centers for Disease Control.

Earlier this morning.  I spoke with Leslie Horton, of Yavapai Community Health Services.  The county is not requiring use of masks, nor do they plan to enforce such a requirement.  However, Yavapai County is highly recommending use of masks in public. 

For my part I am going to have a mask with me at all times.  If I find myself in a situation where I can’t physically distance, I will wear it.   I will wear my mask in stores and other places where I know I cannot physically distance.

We should all take advantage of curbside pickup, or delivery options.  Now more than ever, retailers and restaurants offer this option, so take advantage of it.

In coordination with Yavapai Community Health Services, I will not create any new policies or requirements of our citizens at this time.  However, I strongly urge citizens to follow the protocols set forth by the County, and the Arizona Department of Health Services.

As of right now, all 4th of July festivities will continue as planned.  We will continue to monitor the case counts and other metrics daily.  Be assured that we will evaluate these events, and make decisions in the best interest of public safety.  We all want a safe, healthy and vibrant community.   Thank you for all you are doing to help us keep Prescott safe.

As I have said all along, it is up to each individual citizen and business owner to practice personal responsibility, and follow guidelines that are already in place.  Also we must continue to practice grace for our fellow citizens.  We need to come together, now more than ever.

I am a firm believer in Prescott and Yavapai County.  Our people are and have been exercising sound judgement, and our numbers continue to be the lowest in the state.  Let’s keep it that way!

God bless you and God bless Prescott.

This statement can be found, in video form, on the City of Prescott Facebook Page.