Continuing Developments - Friday, March 20, 2020

We are continuing to monitor the latest developments of the Coronavirus impacts on our community. We have the following to update you with, along with information about our Visitor Center and Chamber Offices.

Ensuring food access
Governor Ducey is activating the National Guard to assist grocery stores and food banks with re-stocking shelves in the face of heightened demand.

Increasing hospital capacity
An Executive Order that halts all elective surgeries in the state of Arizona to free up medical resources and maintain the capacity for hospitals and providers to continue offering vital services.

Updated guidance and flexibility for restaurants, bars and other businesses:
An Executive Order that requires restaurants in Arizona counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases to provide dine-out options only, and that all bars in those counties close. This also applies to movie theaters and gyms. It is effective close of business Friday, March 20.

The Governor’s directive allows manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers to buy back unopened products from restaurants, bars and clubs.

The Chamber will be posting take-out and delivery information for our restaurants on our website.

Waiving ADOT requirements for seniors and commercial drivers:
An Executive Order to delay expiration dates on Arizona driver licenses ensuring residents over the age of 65 do not need to visit Motor Vehicle Division offices to renew their driver licenses during the public health emergency.

Extending the tax deadline:
This morning, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced an extension of the tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.

We expect the IRS will issue official guidance today or Monday, officially extending the deadline. 

Apache Junction Visitor Center:
The Visitor Center is closed until further notice, due to the health and safety concerns of our visitors, volunteers and staff.

Chamber Offices :
We remain open for business, however, we are working with our members via telephone and through email and social media communication.

We will continue to keep you informed on the most recent developments as they are made available to us.

We know this has not been an easy time for everyone and we appreciate everyone's support.