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ELOY — The city of Eloy declared a local state of emergency March 17 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

According to a press release from the city, the proclamation imposes measures to preserve the peace and order of the city, including closing public access to City Hall, Public Works, Community Services, the Troy Thomas Center, the Toltec Senior Center and the Eloy Santa Cruz Library.

Additionally, there will be no public access to facilities inside designated parks and recreation areas such as restrooms, playgrounds, pools and skate/bike parks.

The city also canceled all public events in which there are more than 10 attendees.

The emergency measure will remain in effect until the emergency declared is withdrawn or a different proclamation with amendments is issued by Mayor Joel Belloc and the City Council.

On March 11 the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, and Gov. Doug Ducey later declared a state of emergency in Arizona.

On March 15 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that for the next eight weeks, in-person events of 50 or more people should be canceled or postponed throughout the United States.

That same day Ducey ordered statewide school closures through March 27.

The following day, March 16, President Donald Trump issued his “Coronavirus Guidelines for America: 15 Days to Slow the Spread,” which included the guidance to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.

With the proclamation, the city now has the ability to apply for federal assistance to address the local emergency.

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