Scottsdale issues a declaration of emergency in response to COVID-19

Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane has issued a declaration of emergency in Scottsdale as part of the city’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Scottsdale’s incident management team and emergency operations center were activated nearly four weeks ago at the earliest indication that COVID-19 was spreading to our community. We have been working in continual partnership with federal, state and county public health departments since then. This declaration is the next step: it expands the city’s authority to take additional measures we may need as part of our ongoing response,” said Mayor Lane. 

“The city is taking every appropriate action to check the spread of this virus, and we need each citizen to do their part as well – practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and stay away from others when you are sick. We may have a difficult road ahead, but I am confident that the actions we have taken to date are helping, and we are poised and ready to take any additional steps that may be needed.”

Per Arizona Revised Statutes and Scottsdale city code, the declaration authorizes the city manager to take any lawful actions necessary to mitigate the effects and spread of the virus.

The declaration allows the city to suspend purchasing rules for the emergency procurement of supplies and materials and to request financial and other forms of assistance from federal, state and county authorities.

Earlier this week, Scottsdale cancelled all special events hosted by the city, as well as those scheduled to take place at city facilities, for the next eight weeks per guidance from federal, state and county public health departments. Municipal libraries, recreation centers and pools are closed. 

While core city services such as water, solid waste, police and fire will remain fully operational, other departments, such as planning and development, are encouraging the public to avoid visiting in person and instead take advantage of online access to services and information.

Find the City of Scottsdale’s current COVID-19 update here.


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