On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 11:30 a.m., the City Council held a special meeting, to vote on an emergency ordinance declaring an emergency affecting life, health, property or the public peace of the City of Tempe relating to the virus COVID-19 outbreak of 2019-20.
The Mayor has the ability under the Tempe City Charter to rule by proclamation during an emergency. City Council is taking the action of declaring the emergency in the event that further action is needed. The Council may need to enact necessary emergency response measures via proclamation during the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. Any action taken by the City would be done after much deliberation and done thoughtfully and would be in line with the recommendations of state and federal agencies for the safety of the citizens of Tempe and the public at large.
The City Council adopted the emergency ordinance unanimously.
Due to concerns over COVID-19 exposure, the City has implemented measures to protect the community including the closing of Council Chambers and limiting attendance via electronic means only. Members of the public may view the live meeting proceedings on Tempe Channel 11 and/or submit written comments via email to email@example.com prior to the scheduled City Council meetings.
On April 23, 2020, the City Council unanimously approved the March 18, 2020 Special Council Meeting Minutes.