The City of Nogales is supporting local businesses impacted by COVID-19. Several area businesses, impacted by the pandemic, have contacted the City to reduce their commercial trash pickup services. The City is supporting these impacted local businesses by streamlining their commercial sanitation service, based on usage. Local businesses, affected by COVID-19, who are interested in more information may call the City’s Utility Department at 520-285-5654 or 520-287-6571
The City is providing additional resources and information for local businesses and the community on covid19.nogalesaz.gov. These resources include information from Nogales Unified School District Grab-n-Go meal program and disaster loan assistance application information for small businesses. In addition, the community and area businesses can find information on paying bills online, in order to practice social distancing. The website is also available in Spanish for residents with limited English language proficiency.
The City is aware of a stay-at-home directive given by the Governor of Sonora. Despite this order, a sizeable demonstration near the Deconcini South Port of Entry has closed the Deconcini Port of Entry. The Mariposa Port of Entry remains open at this time. Nogales Police anticipates demonstrations may continue tomorrow. The closure of any Port of Entry will negatively impact commerce and the way of life in Nogales.
The City is coordinating with Santa Cruz County on the response to COVID-19. The City is aware of the second confirmed COVID-19 case in the county. The individual reportedly travelled to an area where widespread community transmission is present, and the individual is recovering at home. Additional details of the case have not been released. The City expects to work closely with Santa Cruz County on elections processes in anticipation over the long-term effects of COVID-19. Santa Cruz County and the City of Nogales continue to lead the way on effectively managing the crisis, while serving the people.