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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 You may also get the latest news sent to you by email. Subscribe to Coronavirus Emails

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.

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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.