Scottsdale Update - April 24, 2020

We will issue Scottsdale Update more frequently during the COVID-19 pandemic. While in nontraditional ways, we are still conducting business, so we also may continue to provide information unrelated to the coronavirus.


Support Scottsdale. Small businesses are the heart of our community, and when we support them, we infuse money into our economy and celebrate everything that makes Scottsdale a wonderful place to work, play, live and visit. If you’re a Scottsdale business owner or employee, let this website be your first stop to access national, statewide and city programs to keep your doors open and our workforce strong. 

If you’re a resident looking for ways to support local businesses, this website is your guide to offerings at your favorite restaurants, shops, attractions and more – right now, when they need it most. #SupportScottsdale


Summer recreation program registration postponed. With summer fast approaching, you may be wondering when you'll be able to view and register for Scottsdale Parks and Recreation summer program offerings. At this time, summer 2020 program registration is postponed. This includes:

Scottsdale parks and trails are open for recreation. We encourage you to stay home. However, should you choose to venture out, please recreate responsibly.

Parks & Recreation cancels beloved summer events. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 virus while adhering to federal and state agency guidance. The uncertainty of the current environment, along with budget restrictions, has led to the difficult decision to cancel the June 6 45th annual Mighty Mud Mania event and postpone McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s annual Summer Concert Series.

The railroad park also celebrates its 45th anniversary in September. We are tentatively planning to celebrate then, if appropriate and safe.

On the Job: staff keep city videos rolling. From indoor activities and virtual storytime to local history presentations and Club SAR at-home workouts, staff from several departments have continued to create quality video content for residents to enjoy during COVID-19. To watch these and other videos, visit Scottsdale Video Network on Youtube

Maricopa County set to expand COVID-19 contact tracing. To better monitor COVID-19 cases, Maricopa County Department of Public Health is preparing to increase its capacity to contact people who have been exposed to the virus. Contact tracing is considered a cornerstone of preventative medicine by quickly identifying exposed individuals and isolating or quarantining them. Learn more.

Learn about COVID-19's impact on our economy. Check out the University of Arizona Economic and Business Research Center’s site,, to see data on a number of daily and weekly indicators, as well as a variety of other resources related to the health of our economy amid COVID-19. 

Governor Ducey issues new guidance on elective surgeries. With hospitals reporting increased availability of personal protective equipment and bed capacity, Governor Ducey recently issued an executive order removing restrictions on conducting elective surgeries for hospitals, health care facilities and providers that meet certain preparedness criteria. Learn more.

Arizona "surge line” assists potential COVID-19 patients. The Arizona Department of Health Services has established a new statewide service to ensure COVID-19 patient receive the treatment they need. The line is a 24/7 service that hospitals overwhelmed with patients can call to transfer confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases to an appropriate level of care. Learn more.

Phishing attempts increased more than 600 percent between late-February and early-April. Cyber-criminals have sought to capitalize on the fear and uncertainty generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these email phishing attacks are COVID-19-themed and use widespread awareness of the subject to trick users into handing over their logins and financial information and/or unwittingly downloading malware to their computers. 

As well as the usual lures to click through for more information on the pandemic, some scammers are claiming to sell cures and/or face masks, while others try to elicit investment in companies producing vaccines or donations to fight the virus and provide support to victims. Attackers are also using the recent COVID-19 stimulus package as bait. Learn more.


Get the city’s COVID-19 information.

Follow us on Twitter @ScottsdaleAZgov and Facebook for city COVID-19 updates and other city information.

The city Call Center is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to assist residents via phone – call 480-312-3111.

Visit to access city services online.


Census – let's keep the momentum going. Shout out to those who have completed their census forms. As of April 21, Scottsdale’s self-response rate was 53.7 percent compared with Arizona’s overall 49.1 percent rate. If you haven’t yet, fill out your form. When checking on family, friends and neighbors, remind them to help our community by filling out their census forms, as well.

Capture kindness as we celebrate Scottsdale as a Golden Rule City. Due to the pandemic, we canceled our Golden Rule City event that was scheduled for earlier this month. But we’re still celebrating in other ways! We’ve been hearing and seeing inspiring stories of people looking out for one another. We want to spread the love!

Share your stories:

  • Send a photo, video or a short story from your own experiences that captures kindness to Note: Please submit only if you’re comfortable with the city sharing your stories, photos, etc.
  • Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @ScottsdaleForAll

 The deadline to enter is noon Wednesday, April 29.

Commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Seek justice, ensure victims’ rights and inspire hope. That’s what our Scottsdale victim advocates aspire to do daily. Since 1981, the National Crimes Victims’ Rights Week has been held to acknowledge and celebrate the advances the nation has made toward supporting victims. It also serves to encourage communities to reevaluate current practices and continue to ensure they are achieving justice for all victims. Learn more

Summer expected to repeat last season’s fire danger. Scottdale Fire Department officials are warning that a repeat of last year’s devastating fire season should be expected this year. The wet winter and blooming spring will turn into perfect fuel for brush fires as temperatures climb and humidity falls. This is especially dangerous in the northern part of Scottsdale within the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and natural area open spaces. Even with nature’s threat, it is possible to minimize the community’s risk with these types of incidents by taking these steps

City aquatic centers are gas chlorine free. As of April 6, the last hazard-rated chlorine chemical was permanently removed from city aquatic facilities. This brings the city's aquatics operations into compliance with federal Homeland Security guidelines by replacing the existing chemical treatment systems in all city pools with an onsite chlorine generation system. By doing so, we reduce and/or eliminate the need for bulk chemical storage and handling, diminishing the threat to public safety.

E-sports league creation is underway. Parks and Recreation employees Geoffrey Gerstel and Chet Obidzinski are developing the area’s first virtual sports league program – the Scottsdale E-Sports Gaming League. The program will be competitive, accessible and appropriate for all ages. Details regarding league policies, partnerships, team formation, regular season participation and championship events will be available soon.


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