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Posted on: March 19, 2020

Cave Creek Mayor Declares COVID-19 State of Emergency

Statement from the Cave Creek Mayor

Mayor Declares COVID-19 State of Emergency

CAVE CREEK – Mayor Ernie Bunch officially made a Proclamation declaring a local emergency regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in a special Council meeting on March 18, 2020. This declaration will allow the Town to put actions into place that will help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Since the Governor has declared a state of emergency, that opens up the opportunity for me to take local actions that I would really rather not take,” said Mayor Bunch at the special Council meeting. “At this point I am going to declare an emergency based on the COVID-19 virus. I am startled at the fact that this is a state level decision, and that our governor has chosen not to act.”

The Proclamation is effective March 19 starting at 4 p.m. and continuing until April 6, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. The mayor explained that the Town’s unique population demographic factored in his decision, with 35 percent of the Town being over the age of 65.

“I would much rather prefer that the governor was not practicing trickle-down leadership,” he said. “You hear that Governor Ducey? That’s not right.”

The Proclamation puts the following temporary regulations in place:
  • All food dining establishments are prohibited from serving food and beverages on premise (see full Proclamation for details). Businesses are encouraged to offer food and beverages using delivery service, window service, drive-thru service, or drive-up service.
  • Bars, taverns, breweries, indoor and outdoor performance venues, libraries, museums, gymnasiums, fitness centers, exercise studios and similar facilities are closed for use by members of the public. This does not prohibit a proprietor, employee, contractor, vendor or supplier of local business from entering, exiting, using or occupying the place of business. 
  • The restrictions do not apply to grocery stores, convenience stores and similar businesses, pharmacies and drug stores, food banks and pantries, cafeterias and restaurants located within healthcare or similar facilities.
“Looking at the way people congregate in Cave Creek, we don’t want to be a national hot spot. We are not going to stop this pandemic but we want to flatten the curve in order to allow medical professionals to handle the situation in a more organized manner,” Mayor Bunch said.

The Town is also strongly urging that churches and religious organizations limit gatherings on their premises. Businesses and houses of worship should observe social distancing practices, limiting social gatherings of more than 10 people.

The current public health crisis related to COVID-19 is being monitored as it is evolving and additional regulations may be forthcoming as needed. The Town will be posting updates and announcements on its website (CaveCreekAZ.gov) and on its social media channels (Facebook and Twitter).

For questions or clarifications, please call Cave Creek Town Hall at

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