March 17, 2020
Dear Yuma Community and Visitors,
The Yuma Crossing National Heritage (YCNHA) area knows that many of you like ourselves, have been following the COVID-19 novel coronavirus situation closely. We must all be vigilant and try to keep up with the latest news in Yuma and around the country regarding this very serious health threat. The YCNHA has especially been monitoring the recommendations of public health experts such as the CDC and Arizona Department of Health. These professionals have consistently been saying that the best way to prevent the illness is to avoid exposure to the virus in the first place. Exercising personal hygiene, as well as practicing appropriate social distancing are paramount to mitigating the impact of COVID-19. The Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area recognizes that the impact of COVID-19 can only be minimized d in our community through collective action. The YCNHA has consistently done its part over the years in restoring, preserving, maintaining, and promoting Yuma’s history. We are leading a movement to ensure that Yuma becomes a dynamic historic destination. As a team player, we therefore must do our part in this latest challenge to our family, friends, and neighbors. I am therefore announcing that after today, we will be suspending operations at the Yuma Territorial Prison (YTP) and Colorado River State Historic Park (CRSHP), until further notice. We will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19, and reevaluate things at the end of this month.
Please continue to follow our social media sites and check your emails, as we will be updating daily on those sites. While this was indeed a difficult decision for us to make, the safety of our employees and visitors is most important. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Halligan at email@example.com . Thank you for your support and understanding.
Lowell Perry Jr., Executive Director