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May 20, 2020

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WHAT'S INSIDE 2 Salome High 2020 Graduates 3 La Paz County updates 4 Scorpion stings 4 The Salvation Army Updates 5 La Paz Co Park changes 6 Editorial 7 WWTP Awards 8 Tube Float 8 HCB update 10 Brush Drop off site 12 Not goodbye.. 13 In Memoriam 13 Poem 14 Classifeds 14 Paul Winer's Cartoon • "Quartzsite's FREE Community Paper" • 928-916-4235 WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2020 VOL. 16 # 320 Now in our 1 6 t h YEAR! Alwa y s FREE! SEE RETURN STRONGER PAGE 4 Stay-At-Home Order expired May 15 Quartzsite Strong! "Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger" Governor Doug Ducey announced that the Stay at Home order in Arizona was ending on May 15th and replaced by new guidance for the next stage of economic recovery. The new guidance aims to help keep the risk of COVID-19 exposure low, protect vulnerable populations, and guide the reopening of businesses with enhanced phys- ical distancing and safety measures in place. Arizona's new Executive Order, which took effect on Saturday, May 16th, builds on Arizona's efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, protect public health and provide public health guidance for busi- nesses and individuals to ensure continued physical distancing. Town of Quartzsite reopened the Community Center May 13th. Hours for the summer are Mon- day through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It is recommended to wear a mask while in the building. There will be a limit of fi ve persons per one-hour period for exercise equipment. There is also a limit of 5 persons per two-hour period when used for a cooling center. Partici- pants must maintain proper social distancing at all times and must sanitize exercise machines after each use. No children under the age of 18 will be permitted without an adult. The Community Center is located at 295 E. Chandler St. Quartzsite Public Library is now open Monday through Thursday, 7am to 6pm. It is recommended to wear a mask while in the build- ing. There will be a limit of 10 per- sons per two-hour period. Patrons must maintain proper social dis- tancing at all times. The Library is located at 465 N. Plymouth Ave. For more details, contact Town Hall at 928-927-4333. Monday May 18th, the La Paz County offi ces resumed normal business hours of (7am-6pm) Monday-Thursday and (8am-5pm) Monday-Friday. These depart- ments will be operating under the new guidelines given by the state and continuing to practice physi- cal distancing is recommended. The Arizona Department of Health Services also released ad- ditional guidance for businesses and customers as more industries resume partial operations. This guidance includes: • Pools, with physical distanc- ing and enhanced sanitation - could reopen Wednesday, May 13 (GUIDANCE) • Gyms & Fitness Providers, with physical distancing and enhanced sanitation - could reopen Wednes- day, May 13 (GUIDANCE) • Spas, with physical distanc- ing and enhanced sanitation - could reopen Wednesday, May 13 (GUIDANCE) • Major league sports could re- sume limited reopening, without fans, Saturday, May 16. Town of Quartzsite WWTP honored with two major awards See Page 7

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