County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry talks 'back to business' task force

Posted at 6:04 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 09:41:27-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry is now talking about the county's 'back to business' task force.

The county administrator told KGUN9, county leaders decided to start a task force like this one to "assist businesses or really any entity that’s been affected by orders regarding the COVID-19 pandemic."

Huckelberry said through the task force he hopes to determine the best way to reopen businesses while emphasizing a public health perspective.

"What we do know is that there are certain things we can do from the public health perspective to start back to business but do it in a sensible way that doesn’t give us the potential of causing a new outbreak of infection or recurring increase in infections of COVID-19," said Huckelberry.

He added the task force will bring together members of different industries like restaurants, hotels, and gyms.

Huckelberry said it's likely the first industry the task force will try to get safely operational is the restaurant industry. He added there will likely be certain practices that will be put in place to make sure employees and customers stay healthy.

“We’ll probably have a regulation that says table spacing has to be at least six feet apart from any patrons who may be sitting at different tables," he said.

Huckelberry added there could also be other rules put in place.

“All of the employees of the particular restaurant at every shift have to go through a wellness check," he said "that is simply asking about symptoms and taking a temperature.”

Huckelberry said business owners across Pima County who are a part of industries like restaurants, hotels, gyms and other currently closed industries should reach out to his office to be a part of the task force.

The county administrator's office number is 520-724-8751.