March 30: City of Tempe's coronavirus (COVID-19) update
3/30/2020 6:00:00 PM
Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell issues proclamation to close all city park amenities and ramadas to slow the spread of COVID-19
3/30/2020 4:50:00 PM
March 27: City of Tempe's coronavirus (COVID-19) update
3/27/2020 6:00:00 PM
March 26: City of Tempe's coronavirus (COVID-19) update
3/26/2020 6:00:00 PM
Tempe welcomes donations of unopened medical and disinfectant supplies
Businesses, professionals and community members asked to donate
3/26/2020 1:49:37 PM
March 25: City of Tempe's coronavirus (COVID-19) update
3/25/2020 6:00:00 PM
March 24: City of Tempe's coronavirus (COVID-19) update
3/24/2020 5:00:00 PM
March 23: City of Tempe's coronavirus (COVID-19) update
3/23/2020 6:00:00 PM
March 20: City of Tempe's coronavirus (COVID-19) update
3/20/2020 5:38:00 PM
March 19: City of Tempe's coronavirus (COVID-19) update
3/19/2020 7:38:11 PM
Tempe Mayor acts to temporarily alter operations at bars, restaurants, gyms, recreation and entertainment venues
3/19/2020 11:12:22 AM
March 18: City of Tempe's coronavirus (COVID-19) update
3/18/2020 5:00:00 PM
Tempe City Council confirms emergency declaration
3/18/2020 1:18:59 PM
March 17: City of Tempe's coronavirus (COVID-19) update
3/17/2020 3:30:00 PM
March 16: City of Tempe’s coronavirus (COVID-19) response:
3/16/2020 8:13:00 PM
March 15: City of Tempe closing all public facilities through March 27
3/15/2020 6:30:00 PM
March 13: City of Tempe’s coronavirus (COVID-19) response:
3/13/2020 6:30:00 PM
March 12: Coronavirus update: city cancels many events, meetings
3/12/2020 9:15:52 PM
The city cares about the health of residents, city employees, visitors and those who work in Tempe. We will update this page frequently with the latest information available. If you have questions or concerns that are not answered here, please reach out to Tempe 311 by calling 480-350-4311 or visiting tempe.gov/311. You may also get the latest news sent to you by email.
All critical services that Tempe provides – police and fire protection, traffic control, light rail, buses, 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.
As schools and senior community facilities are closed, the City of Tempe is working with partners to ensure the food services that many people count on continue. Tempe Elementary School District, Kyrene School District and Tempe Union High School District are providing meals for students up to age 18. Visit our Are You In Need page for more ways the community can help.
Closures, cancellations, postponements, information and restrictions
These may change frequently
The following City of Tempe facilities will be closed until further notice:
All park amenities except restrooms and water fountains, per Mayor Mark Mitchell's proclamation on March 30
Tempe Public Library
Kiwanis Recreation Center
Escalante Community Center
North Tempe Multi-Generational Center
Westside Multi-Generational Center
Tempe Center for the Arts
Pyle Adult Recreation Center
Cahill Senior Center
Tempe History Museum
Edna Vihel Arts Center
Ken McDonald Pro Shop and Club House Closed - Course still open for Golf.
Rolling Hills Pro Shop and Club House Closed - Course still open for Golf.
Click here for a list of Golf Actions.
All Tempe historic properties
Boys and Girls Clubs at North and Westside multigenerational centers - clubs outside Tempe are open - see the Boys and Girls Clubs website
These schools and school programs are closed:
Tempe Union High School District
Kyrene School District
Tempe Elementary School District
Head Start programs at Escalante Community Center, North and Westside multi-generational centers, and Valor on Eighth
Preschool program at Escalante Community Center
All Special Olympics programming through May 31
Tempe's LEAP program will not operate until Tempe schools are back in sesson
All programs and events at all City of Tempe facilities are canceled through at least March 27. This includes Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe History Museum, Tempe Public Library and all community centers. The following community events are also canceled:
Free tax preparation by Tempe Community Council
Capital Raising Workshops - both March and April
USA Triathlon Collegiate Club & HS Nationals April 3-5
Arts in the Parks - Celaya Park – April 3
State of the Neighborhoods - April 4
KUPD Concert – Ufest – April 4
Desert Ice – April 4
Music Through the Decades-1990s – April 4
Walk for Life – April 4
14th Annual Laura's Run – April 4
Tour de Tempe - April 5
Bike Night – April through May at Tempe Marketplace
Beer Bash – April 10
Final Round 7th Anniversary Party – April 11
Easter Egg Hunt Kiwanis Park – April 11
Cooking with the Pros – April 11
Buses Bugs & Brews – April 11
Bike to Work Day – April 15
Paranormal Cirque – April 15-19
Arts in the Parks - Scudder Park - April 17
Phoenix NEDA Walk – April 18
Zero Waste Day - April 18
Tempe Police & DEA Community Safe Disposal of Expired Drugs - April 25
Water Lantern Festival – April 25
Market for the Earth – April 25
Wet Electric/High Tide Music Festival – April 25-26
Take Steps Walk for Crohn's & Colitis – April 25
Central Arizona Academy of Nutrition – April 26
Great Strides Walk – April 26
Mayor's Disability Awards - April 28
Splash and Dash Spring TTL – April 29
All Boards and Commissions meetings with the exception of Development Review Commission, Hearing Officer and Board of Adjustment are canceled or postponed until after April 30. Those meetings will continue because they take legal action on matters of immediate need to the business community.
Other cancellations include:
Priest Drive public meetings - April 18
Priest Drive public meetings - April 22
Tempe Chamber of Commerce has canceled its Business Before Hours and Business After Hours meetings, its State of the District and its Sustainability Summit.
At Tempe community centers, all classes, programs, gatherings and meetings for any age group are canceled through April 30.
All recreation city classes and programs for any age group are canceled until April 30. This includes outdoor sports leagues and classes.
At Tempe Public Library, all classes, programs, gatherings and meetings for any age group are canceled through April 30. This includes room reservations.
At Tempe History Museum, , all classes, programs, gatherings and meetings for any age group are canceled through April 30. Room reservations are canceled.
The Boys & Girls Club programs at Westside Multi-Generational Center and North Tempe Multi-Generational Center are canceled through March 20. Visit the Boys & Girls Club website for open locations.
Getting outside is important. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has flagged mental health as a top concern associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. City, state and national parks offer a breath of fresh air and plenty of space to get some exercise. But all parks must be used with health and safety in mind.
Mayor Mark Mitchell issued a proclamation that closed all park amenities until further notice, including:
- Playground equipment
- Exercise and fitness stations
- Sports courts including tennis, pickleball, basketball and volleyball
- Ramadas, picnic tables and benches
- Dog parks
- Bike and skate parks
- Splash pads
Park users must follow CDC guidelines which include these social distancing policies to keep themselves and others safe:
- Maintain six feet of physical distance from others.
- Do not gather in groups.
- Go home if you are sick.
Restrooms, water fountains, trails, paths, open spaces and walkways are all open. City staff will increase the frequency of water fountain and restroom cleaning.
Boat rentals at Tempe Town Lake remain open with occupancy restrictions.
NRPA and CDC guidelines
In partnership with the National Parks and Recreation Association (NPRA) and the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association (APRA), the City of Tempe encourages all park users to follow these recommendations:
- Do not use parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms.
- Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails.
- Prepare for limited access to public restrooms and water fountains.
- Share the trail and warn others of your presence as you pass.
- Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from others at all times.
See more at www.nrpa.org.
What steps are being taken to keep city parks clean?
City staff’s top priority is cleaning and sanitizing areas that are commonly used in all city parks. Restrooms are cleaned and sanitized daily, and twice a day at Kiwanis Park. Playgrounds, exercise equipment, drinking fountains, tables and benches are all closed so staff can focus on other areas.
Kiwanis Tennis Center and sports courts
Community basketball, pickleball and tennis courts are closed until further notice. The Kiwanis Tennis Center is also closed.
Tempe is committed to continue providing critical city services to residents and businesses. In recent weeks, the city has been planning, talking and collaborating internally and externally, in case the virus spreads more widely in our area. City leaders are determining the critical services and staffing levels that will be necessary to keep in place in the event that coronavirus begins to affect a significant number of city employees.
Tempe is also talking to external partners like the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Tempe schools, Valley Metro, Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, ASU and more.
With public safety and health in mind, the City of Tempe has canceled public special events and project-specific public input meetings through the end of April. Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell has issued a proclamation to order the closure of Tempe bars, in-restaurant dining, and recreational and entertainment venues as well as the closure of Tempe gyms and workout studios temporarily.
This in compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance about large gatherings and the benefits of social distancing in minimizing community spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Like other organizations locally and nationally, Tempe hopes that a temporary pause in public gatherings could have a positive impact on minimizing community spread of the virus and keeping people healthier.
The World Health Organization declared coronavirus to be a pandemic. Gov. Doug Ducey declared a statewide emergency. Many worldwide, national and local events have cancelled to help stop the spread of this virus. To help reduce the spread of the virus, the City of Tempe decided to make proactive choices limit virus exposure opportunities, such as large special events and public gatherings such as public input meetings. City staff will not be attending meetings, such as neighborhood association gatherings. At the top of this page you will find an ongoing list of events and meetings that are postponed or canceled, as well as facility closures, such as schools. This list will be updated regularly.