Gardening Together Safely: COVID-19 Guidelines Update

June 30, 2020

To our Community Gardens of Tucson (CGT) Gardeners,

Update:  Although Arizona is starting to ‘open up’, COVID-10 case numbers are still on the rise and we need to adhere to the recent directives from Governor Ducey and Mayor Romero limiting large group gatherings and requiring face masks.  Small gatherings can now be held in our gardens, provided face masks are worn by all participating, social distancing is maintained and hand sanitizer is used. We need to continue being careful in how we communicate and learn together. See you in the garden!

 Pima County Public Health Resolution

City of Tucson Face Mask Requirements

As the Tucson community deals with the impacts of COVID-19, the CGT Board of Directors are committed to the health and well-being of our Site Coordinators, gardeners, contractors, other volunteers and organizations who we interact with. While gardens will remain open, please take responsibility for your own and the community’s safety by adhering to the following guidelines.

  • Please do not come to the garden if you are feeling at all ill.
  • If you are ill or would like to remain home during this time and need help caring for your garden, please contact your Site Coordinator to arrange help.
  • Maintain an appropriate distance (6 ft) from other gardeners when you are at your garden.
  • Bring your own gloves, sanitizing wipes or other disinfectant to sanitize anything you handle and the gate/shed locks before and after use.
  • Covering mouths and noses with a mask or bandana when in the garden with others is recommended.
  • Please bring your own tools if possible.  Site Coordinators and Contractors are not able to disinfect all the community tools and surfaces regularly.
  • Small gatherings or garden meetings can be held PROVIDED social distancing can be maintained AND all attending wear face masks.
  • Planned volunteer days may be held PROVIDED social distancing can be maintained AND all participants wear face masks.
  • Use hand sanitizer frequently. Bring your own supply with you.
  • Guidelines to be extended until August 31, 2020

With these guidelines in mind, we do encourage you to spend time in your garden.  Our community gardens can provide much solace and sanity when everything else is so disrupted.  They provide a great environment for you to have minimal, distant contact with others, relieve some stress, grow (and harvest) food and be outdoors.

First and foremost, take care of yourselves during this time. Your health and safety are our top priority during the days ahead.  Practice the simple measures that have been identified to protect ourselves and others, and certainly stay home if you feel ill.

Thanks for continuing the CGT gardening tradition in this difficult time.

If you  have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us via admin@communitygardensoftucson.org

CGT Board of Directors