The city of Flagstaff has declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The declaration was made Sunday and allows the city to seek resources and recovery assistance. Mayor Coral Evans said in a statement: “The economic impacts to our small businesses and our tourism industry, which is the backbone of our economy are severe,” said Mayor Coral Evans. “We are working closely with Coconino County Health and Human Services who under state law is delegated the authority over public health matters on our local response to monitor this situation and ensure the safety and well-being of our community.” The city will plan and prepare for event and facility closures, modified staffing plans and work-from-home programs. Citizens are urged to cooperate with the emergency declaration and to every degree possible, abide by the safety announcements, advisories and restrictions established by county, state and federal authorities.