New, improved website for COVID-19 resources. The city has updated its COVID-19 website to include more, valuable information. New categories include, “I Need Help;” “I Want to Help;” “Business Resources;” and “Health and Prevention.” Access the information here.
Mayor addresses community concerns in video series. Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane and city staff are answering community concerns in a series of brief videos which can be found on the city of Scottsdale’s YouTube page.
Reminder: Essential city services such as solid waste collection, water, police and fire remain fully operational. Staff in these areas are taking steps recommended by public health experts to keep things clean and prevent the spread of virus. There are a variety of services available online.
Support Scottdale microsite launches. The city’s Tourism & Events and Economic Development departments, Experience Scottsdale and the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce have partnered on a resource microsite to help businesses, employees and residents navigate the COVID-19 outbreak. If you are a business owner or employee, make SupportScottsdale.com your first stop to access city, state and national programs to keep your doors open and our workforce strong. The city also is collecting Instagram handles of businesses actively promoting offers or online shopping, as well as restaurants offering take-out, curbside or delivery, for the Shop Local and Meals To-Go pages of this site. If your business or restaurant fits these prerequisites, please add your Instagram handle here and help support this initiative by using #supportscottsdale in your social media efforts.
Some amenities closed, but parks are still open. In accordance with the governor’s April 3 executive order, the city’s basketball, tennis, pickleball and volleyball courts, as well as playgrounds and splash pads, were closed over the weekend because they do not allow for proper physical distancing precautions. Park restrooms remain open because we do not want to encourage unhygienic behavior in community spaces, but warning signs will caution users to follow CDC recommendations while using those facilities. Open spaces at parks, and the city’s hiking and bicycling trails and other outdoor areas remain open to those practicing physical distancing, per the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” order.
Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market open during COVID-19. The Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market will continue operating from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, on the northwest corner of Second Street and Brown Avenue, as directed and allowable by the Maricopa County Health Department and CDC. Farmers markets are a part of the critical need for “food supply” as listed by the White House. The market offers drive-thru pick up on the north side of Second Street between Scottsdale Road and Brown Avenue. Email pre-orders here.
Local First Arizona launches Small Business Relief Fund. Small, family-owned Arizona businesses with three or fewer employees can apply for mini-grants under a new Local First Arizona effort to help those facing challenges during COVID-19. Applications will be reviewed weekly by regional panels made up of local business owners. Learn more about the grants and how to apply. Local First Arizona is in constant communication with the Small Business Administration and the Governor’s office, and will be frequently updating their website with links to government, industry, and digital resources.
Governor issues Executive Order halting evictions for small businesses and nonprofits. Governor Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order halting evictions in the state for small businesses and nonprofits that are unable to pay rent due to financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The order also encourages commercial landlords to defer rent payments for small business tenants facing economic hardship due to COVID-19 and consider waiving all fees and interest associated with late payments. Under the order, evictions will be halted until May 31. Read more.
Federal prosecutor to oversee Arizona’s COVID-19 scams. With reports of coronavirus-related fraud attempts already coming in, U.S. Attorney Michael Bailey has appointed a federal prosecutor to take on the problem in Arizona. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Knapp will be the state's COVID-19 fraud coordinator, serving as legal counsel for the federal judicial district on matters relating to the virus and leading investigations into incoming reports. Learn about some common scams linked to COVID-19 that are being reported around the nation. (Source: Phoenix Business Journal)
CDC makes recommendations on face masks. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. The CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
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IN OTHER NEWS
City releases proposed FY 2020/21 Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Plan. The plan covers July 1 through June 30, 2021. Tentative budget adoption is scheduled for May 5, and final budget adoption on June 2. The plan will be presented to the City Council during its Tuesday, April 7, virtual meeting. City Council meetings will be held electronically until further notice, but you can tune in live here.
April is Water Awareness Month. Celebrate Water Awareness Month by learning how to save water inside and outside your home. Request free landscaping and leak brochures, explore the Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden at Chaparral Park and visit Arizona Water Facts to learn what's real and what's myth when it comes to our water supplies. ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search "water"
Caution … native wildlife active in spring. Bobcats, coyotes, javelina, raccoons and skunks can sometimes be seen in neighborhoods this time of year. Discourage wildlife from living in your area by removing habitat essentials such as water, food and shelter. Call the Arizona Game & Fish Department at 602-942-3000 for more information.