Scottsdale Update - June 30, 2020


Governor signs executive order to pause certain operations to slow the spread. Yesterday, as part of continued efforts to reverse the trend of COVID-19 spread in Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey signed an executive order to prohibit large gatherings, cease the issuance of new special event licenses and pause the operations of bars, gyms, movie theaters, waterparks and tubing rentals. The order is in effect for one month. 

View the full announcement HERE

View the Executive Order pausing some business operations HERE.  

How does the new executive order affect Scottsdale facilities? Club SAR is closed for the month.  

Aquatic centers are closed today, but they may reopen if the city can do so safely while meeting the requirements outlined by the governor’s executive order. Visit the city’s Aquatics website for updates.  

In addition, the Scottsdale senior centers will remain closed until Monday, July 27. Nutrition and social services are still available by appointment. Call 480-312-1700 for Granite Reef; and 480-312-5810 for Via Linda. 

Galleries reschedule July 9 Summer Spectacular ArtWalk. Due to Governor Ducey’s new executive order, the Scottsdale Gallery Association has rescheduled this event to Sept. 3. Check the association’s website for updates.  

COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22. Here are the most recent numbers (June 30) for our county:  

  • Total number of cases: 44,930 up 230 from yesterday
  • Total number of deaths: 712; up 2 from yesterday
  • Hospital admissions: 2,458; 5 percent 
  • Intensive care admissions: 552; 1 percent   

If you are going out in public, you could be exposed or exposing others -- even if not showing symptoms. Stay home when you can, practice physical distancing, wear a mask and wash your hands frequently.  

Do people need to use masks indoors if they are physically distancing? 
Yes, masks are required indoors in public places, even when there is six feet of distance. However, face coverings are not required for children younger than six and those who per CDC guidance should not wear face coverings due to health conditions. There are also exemptions for personal spaces such as homes or vehicles. You do not need to wear a mask in your own home or car. 

Maricopa County’s mask requirement applies to everyone within the county, regardless of whether the city or town you live in has regulations. Some cities and towns have gone beyond what the county has put into place.  

Scottsdale face covering Q and A  

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.   


What powers do the Mayor and City Council have to remove a sitting council member? The City Council does not have the authority to remove a council member from office unless that person is convicted of a crime involving "moral turpitude” (Scottsdale City Charter Article 2, Section 4). “Moral turpitude” is a term applied generally to felonies like murder, child abuse, fraud and theft. 

The power to select, retain or remove City Council members lies with the voters of Scottsdale through the election and recall process.  

Each City Council member must be elected (or re-elected) during the primary and general election process that occurs in even numbered years.  

The process to recall an elected member outside of the regular election process is governed by Arizona State Statute Title 19, Chapter 2. 

Police Department arrests eight more suspects linked to Fashion Square looting. Scottsdale police arrested eight more suspects linked to the looting at Scottsdale Fashion Square last month. That brings the total to 44 charged with crimes related to the violence that erupted at the mall May 30. The suspects, all Valley residents, were identified through video and physical evidence at the scene.  

City announces July 4 events, activities and general information. Most city offices will be closed to observe Independence Day Friday, July 3. There is no change in garbage or recycling collection. Other holiday information: 

All trailheads into the preserve will have "closed" signs posted. Scottsdale police, staff and volunteer stewards will patrol the area to advise visitors about the closure and fire threat. Violating the closure is a misdemeanor punishable by up to four months in jail and a $750 fine. The preserve will re-open around 5 a.m. Sunday, July 5. 

Pinnacle Peak Park, 26802 N. 102nd Way, will be open from 5 a.m.-8 p.m. July 4. For more information about the park, call 480-312-0990. 

  • Aquatic centers 
    Aquatic centers are closed today, but they may reopen if the city can do so safely while meeting the requirements outlined by the governor’s new executive order. Visit the city’s Aquatics website for updates. 
  • Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration at WestWorld
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Please check here for updates. The show will go on – but in a different way this year! This year’s theme, “Rockin’ 4th Drive-Up Celebration,” will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 4, at WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road. The event will feature traditional fireworks in a non-traditional, physically-distancing setting. Attendees will enjoy entertainment from the comfort of their cars that includes a Parade of Heroes and fireworks. Car lot concessions also will be available.  
  • Fireworks restrictions in place 
    Although use of some consumer fireworks is permitted by state law in Scottsdale this holiday, their use in and near many sensitive desert areas remains illegal and violators are subject to substantial fines

Use of fireworks is prohibited in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Pinnacle Peak Park and all properties located within 1 mile of these fragile desert lands. The use of fireworks is also prohibited on all publicly owned properties, which include but are not limited to, city buildings, city parking lots, city parks, public schools and city streets. 

Violation of these restrictions is a civil offense punishable by citations and fines. 

For more information about firework restrictions and a variety of safety tips, visit, search “fireworks.” 

Join the census challenge! AZCensus2020 is launching the 2020 Census Challenge calling on every Arizona community to drive up response rates. While Scottsdale’s self-response rate is 62.4 percent, Arizona as a whole stands at 58.3 percent - 3.4 percent behind the national average. Our complete count matters! Just a 1 percent undercount could result in the loss of $620 million for Arizona over the next decade. If you haven’t yet, please respond here and now.  


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