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March 18, 2020

Rep. Kirkpatrick Responds to Tucson Local Emergency Announcement

(Tucson, AZ) — Today, Rep. Kirkpatrick released the following statement following the City of Tucson’s local emergency announcement. Tucson Mayor Romero’s announcement states that restaurants and bars are not ordered closed but mandates that dine-in services will be suspended.

According to the mayor’s office, other changes include:

  • All service counters and lobbies within city buildings, including Ward offices and City Hall, will be closed through the end of March. The City will be continuing services and operations electronically. For more information, please visit tucsonaz.gov
  • There will be no interruption in trash, recycling, landfill, or water services.
  • All evictions on city-owned public housing will be suspended through the end of April.
  • There will be no water shutoffs through the end of April.

“I commend Mayor Romero’s leadership during this difficult times  This critical intervention and local mandate has been implemented to save lives and reduce the amount of harm in our Tucson community,” said Rep. Kirkpatrick. “It’s time for everyone to understand that we are entering a new phase here — the message from federal, state, and local governments to the American people needs to be the same: stay home.”

Mayor Romero’s announcement states that closure will apply to dine-in areas only, and not takeout or delivery services.

Rep. Kirkpatrick’s congressional office is encouraging constituents and organizations to follow CDC and White House recommendations of staying home and limiting gatherings to 10 people or less. 

“These necessary actions sweeping the country will certainly impact our service personnel and small businesses, we are working together to figure out how we can help them and mitigate the hits on our local economy,” said Rep. Kirkpatrick.

The House passed legislation to open Small Business Administration (SBA) economic injury disaster loans to small businesses hurt by COVID-19, the Small Business Administration has been coordinating with states to assist and approve Governor’s request as quickly as possible. The House Committee on Small Business has also put together a factsheet of FAQs that may be helpful for our local small businesses to navigate the process.  Small Business Administration Loan Fact Sheet

Under the Families First Response Act, employers must provide 14 days of paid sick leave if workers are ill or quarantined because of the virus or have to care for an infected family member. In addition, the bill would provide more federal funding to states for unemployment insurance if there’s an increase in the number of jobless people in the state. The White House and Congressional leadership are discussing further legislative packages to appropriate funds that will help Americans in the more immediate future. 

“As this crisis unfolds and makes many things uncertain, I do remain certain about this — we are Americans and when we are united in the fight, we win. We must be united in the effort to fight COVID-19; that means stay home, stay healthy, and stay calm,” said Rep. Kirkpatrick.


Visit CDC.gov for daily announcements and official recommendations. The office of Rep. Kirkpatrick has suspended the district office hours but staff is teleworking and continues to be available to help, visit https://admin-kirkpatrick.house.gov/ for contact information and resources.

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