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March 17: City of Tempe's coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Library, fields and ramadas, refunds and taking care of each other

Post Date:03/17/2020 3:30 PM

Tempe, AZ – The City of Tempe wants to be a source of clarity, information and resources for community members who need services and have questions during this time of national and local uncertainty around the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

All critical services that Tempe provides – police and fire protection, traffic control, buses, light rail, Orbit, court services, water and wastewater and solid waste pickup – will continue to be fully available as normal. Tempe is prepared to continue providing those services uninterrupted even if the virus spreads and begins to affect city employees. Visit for the latest information. 

Library services

Tempe Public Library wants to help people enjoy its digital books and materials during its temporary closure.

  • The library is extending due dates on all materials currently checked out until April 30. No additional fees will be added to late items during the library’s closure.
  • Expired library cards have been renewed until April 30.
  • Items from the Overdrive online collection have been increased to 12 checkouts. This will return to eight checkouts when the library reopens.
  • People do not need to return items until after the library has reopened. The outside book drop is closed effective today.
  • Any held items will remain on the hold shelf until the library reopens. Patrons won’t lose their place in line. Placing new holds for items has been postponed until the library reopens.
No material donations will be accepted until further notice. 

Field and ramada reservations, splash play areas

Tempe is committed to keeping you informed of all changes to city services and offerings as we work to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Effective today, all park reservations including ramadas and ball fields will be canceled through April 30.

Additionally, the city’s three splash pads at Hudson, Jaycee and Esquer parks, as well as The Cloud at Kiwanis Park, will remain closed through April 30.


The City of Tempe is issuing refunds for some programs and city-hosted events that have been canceled due to coronavirus concerns.

Tempe Center for the Arts
Patrons with tickets to canceled events will be issued full refunds. Patrons with tickets to events that have been postponed will receive more information via email. People can email with any questions.

Tempe PRE
Tempe PRE is refunding payments for the last two weeks of March. Families are being asked to turn off auto-payments to avoid being charged for April. For additional questions: 480-350-7735.

Things to do

There are so many things you can do in Tempe, even with the many cancellations of programs and events. Here are a few ideas:

You can find more ideas here.  

Taking care of each other

In these unprecedented times, even though we are practicing social distancing, it’s important that we come together in spirit and help each other. Here are a few ways we can look out for the most vulnerable in our community and also keep our own morale strong. We have a whole list.
  • Be courteous. Everyone is a little stressed right now.  
  • Check in by text with an at-risk neighbor. 
  • Order take-out from a favorite local restaurant or shop online at a local store. 
  • Video chat or call someone on your street just to say hi. 
  • Pick up groceries or medications for those who should not leave their homes.
  • Prepare a meal and drop it off to someone who is at high risk. 
  • Ask if you can help. 
  • Foster a pet.
  • Volunteer to drive for Waste Not to deliver food.
  • Donate to a non-profit – they really need it right now.

The best way to take care of yourself and everyone else is to follow the CDC guidelines. Don’t leave home if you are sick and wash your hands frequently. 

Get the latest news and information at 
Call 480-350-4311 for questions.

Media contact:
Nikki Ripley, Communication and Media Relations Manager, 480-350-8846

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