State of the city

Casa Grande Mayor Craig McFarland gives the state of the city address Wednesday March 11, 2020, at the Casa Grande Community Recreation Center.

CASA GRANDE — Mayor Craig McFarland is reminding local restaurants and their customers that Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order on Friday limits restaurant meals to take-out or drive-thru options only until further notice.

That includes no sit-down service inside the restaurant or on the restaurant’s patio.

The governor’s order closed gyms, fitness clubs, bars, theaters and dine-in restaurant service at the close of business on Friday.

McFarland said he’s had to call a couple of businesses. The governor’s executive order took effect Saturday morning and there was some confusion as to what was allowed, he said. For example, curb-side pickup vs. allowing people to enter the restaurant to pick up their food and then having more than 10 people inside.

“So we are trying to help people define what they can and cannot do,” McFarland said.

He said people are allowed to pickup food inside a restaurant and take it home.

“You just need to make sure to practice social distancing and no more than 10 people at a time,” McFarland said. “I would encourage them to deliver it to a vehicle at the curb instead of having people come inside. But it is OK for them to come inside to pick it up.”

He said if the governor’s executive order is not followed, the city will follow up with those businesses and if necessary the businesses will be reported to the State Liquor Department.

The city is trying to avoid using police officers to enforce the closures, McFarland said.

McFarland encouraged local restaurants that offer take-out or pickup food service to avoid long lines inside their buildings by asking customers to park at the curb outside the restaurant’s doors and having employees walk the food out to the customers.

He also reminded residents using city parks and other open spaces to keep a minimum distance of 6 feet between them and anyone else using the area in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

Ducey also issued an executive order Monday afternoon on what “essential services” businesses would stay open or use teleworking to operate if he decided to further restrict  movement, adding "we're not there yet."

Those essential businesses would include:

  • Health care such as hospitals, clinics, dental offices, doctor’s offices, eye doctors, veterinarians and companies that manufacture health care equipment or supplies
  • Social service industries such as food banks, child and senior welfare and assistance programs
  • The construction industry
  • Home service providers such as plumbers, utility providers and internet providers
  • Essential government functions such as emergency responders, sanitation and public works employees
  • Grocery stores, farms and food production companies
  • Animal shelters and kennels
  • Restaurants that offer pickup, drive-thru or delivery services
  • Pharmacies
  • Media organizations
  • Gas stations and vehicle repair shops
  • Parks and other recreation centers that offer enough space to keep people at least 6 feet apart
  • Banks, pawn shops, payday lenders, appraisers, title companies, real estate agencies, legal offices
  • Hardware and other supply stores
  • Mail and shipping
  • Schools, colleges and universities so they can provide distance learning, maintain buildings and provide food through free and reduced lunch pickup programs
  • Dry cleaners and laundromats
  • Businesses that supply equipment to work from home or for businesses that are allowed to be open
  • Taxi, Uber, Lyft, vehicle rental services and other public and private transportation services
  • Home-based care for the disabled, seniors or children.
  • Residential care facilities including those for substance abuse and mental health care
  • Day care centers for the children of employees in essential businesses
  • Hotels
  • Funeral services