Scottsdale Update - March 16, 2021


COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers here.

Remember, a healthy Scottsdale starts with you. Stay home when you can, practice physical distancing, cover your nose and mouth and wash your hands frequently. Find downloadable graphics for social media and request a poster pack for your business or organization.

Thank you, health care heroes. It has been a year since the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic. We are indebted to the health care workers who have been going nonstop ever since, saving lives and helping us learn more about this disease. Thank you!

Second dose information. If you received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you’ll need to return for a second dose. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting the Pfizer vaccine at least 21 days after your first dose, and the Moderna vaccine at least 28 days after your first dose. You can get your second dose up to 42 days after your first dose without losing effectiveness, but going too early is not recommended.

COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable. That means you will need to get the same manufacturer for the second dose as you received for your first dose. If you go to a different provider than your first dose, be sure to check ahead to ensure they offer the manufacturer you need.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only a single dose for full vaccination. You will not need to return for a second appointment.

It takes about two weeks after being fully vaccinated to achieve full protective benefits from any COVID-19 vaccine.

The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.

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.-5 p.m. weekdays to assist residents via phone – call 480-312-3111.

Visit to access city services online.


McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center closed for maintenance March 22-26. Projects include complying with new drain entrapment legislation, installing pavers near the barbecue and adding permanent shade structures. All programming and operations will be moved to Chaparral Aquatic Center during this weeklong closure. Regular programming will resume Saturday, March 27.   

Comment on a proposed ordinance related to camping locations. On May 4, the Scottsdale City Council will consider adopting an ordinance which will prohibit people from camping in areas subject to flooding or within a watercourse. Some of these areas are subject to regular and/or seasonal flooding, and in some cases, flash flooding. The city has seen increased camping in these areas and believes this ordinance is necessary to better protect people's safety. Review the draft ordinance (PDF) and provide feedback by emailing Scottsdale Police at

Start gathering items to help seniors “Beat the Heat.” Bring summer relief to homebound seniors. Items most needed include: reusable water bottles, ice packs, toilet paper, Kleenex, paper towels, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, hand sanitizer, small fans, book of forever stamps, and $35 Fry's gift cards. Drop-off items between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, April 26-May 28, to the Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda. Monetary donations can be made directly through Scottsdale Community PartnersLearn more.  

Vietnam War Veterans Commemoration slated for March 29. The Arizona Military Museum is hosting an informal gathering at noon Monday, March 29, at the Vietnam Memorial in Phoenix Wesley Bolin Memorial Park. The event serves to thank Vietnam veterans and commemorate their service in the Vietnam War and to recognize the service and duty rendered by all servicemen and women of this era. More than 58,000 gave their lives serving their country in this war. March 29 honors Vietnam Veterans on the anniversary of the withdrawal of military units from South Vietnam. Face coverings are preferred even though the event will be outside. Food or beverages will not be provided, and the nearest restroom facilities are in the Capitol Building across the street. Download the event flyer (PDF)

Get drawn into Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. Stroll at your own pace, wander into galleries through a festive area enjoying dramatic statues, bubbling fountains, tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants and live music. ArtWalk runs from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, year-round in Old Town. COVID-19 protocols are in place.  

Arts center presents Thursday evening film series. This series features five movies that range from music icon documentaries to family-friendly stories for all ages. Enjoy the films under the stars along the greenspace outside the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and inside the Virginia G. Piper Theater. Films run at 8 p.m. March 25; April 1, 8 and 24; and May 8. 

Scottsdale Arts presents Live and Local “On the Lawn” series. Enjoy a variety of genres of music under the cool Arizona sky at Scottsdale Civic Center’s Fountain Stage. The series runs at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, March 19 and 26; and April 2. Modern roots band QVLN kicks off the series. Safety protocols will be in place, and you can purchase physically-distanced pods for groups of four or fewer. Food and beverage pre-orders will be available. View the full concert series lineup

Veg out Saturdays at the Old Town Farmers Market. Buy fresh vegetables, fruits and creative crafts at Scottsdale’s Old Town Farmers Market. It’s held 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through May. The market is in the public parking lot at 3806 N. Brown Ave. COVID-19 protocols are in place. 

Sunday A’fair outdoor concerts take place Sundays in March. The series provides performances in a smaller, intimate setting along the Fountain Stage on Scottsdale Civic Center. The concerts will feature physically-distanced pods that can be reserved for groups of four or fewer. Reservations are first come, first served. Reserve your timed-entry admission today.  

This week's traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list


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