Scottsdale Update - March 31, 2020

We will issue Scottsdale Update more frequently during the COVID-19 pandemic. While most of our content will focus on the different ways the pandemic is affecting our services and our community, this newsletter will also include information unrelated to the coronavirus.

COVID-19 UPDATE

Governor issues "stay at home" order until at least April 30. The order takes effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, and advises all Arizonans to stay at home whenever possible for the next 30 days except to conduct or participate in essential activities including work. The bulk of the city's functions as a local government are defined as "essential" per this order, so it does not present immediate changes to the city’s day-to-day operations.

FEMA launches coronavirus rumor control page. The Federal Emergency Management Agency created this rumor control page to help the public distinguish between fact and fiction when it comes to the federal response to COVID-19.
 
Donate nonperishables at emergency food drive to benefit Vista del Camino’s Food Bank. Drive through and drop off bins will be available from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5. Three locations are available: First Baptist Church of Scottsdale (7025 E. Osborn Road, 85251). Shepherd of the Desert Church (9590 E. Shea Blvd, 85260), and Pinnacle Presbyterian Church (25150 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255). There is an immediate need for canned soups and corn.  

City temporarily suspends utility disconnections. The city has temporarily suspended utility disconnections for non-payment. Anyone experiencing a hardship should call 480-312-2705 to discuss the payment options available.

Scottsdale launches “Good To Go Initiative.” The city of Scottsdale and the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce have launched an initiative to help raise awareness for restaurants and retail businesses that remain open to serve residents during COVID-19. Free banners are available to businesses that are open and providing take-out, pick-up and delivery services. Be sure to look for the banners outside businesses! Read more about this program here.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available. These loans will help small Arizona businesses impacted by COVID-19. Individual businesses may be eligible for up to $2 million. Loans can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of COVID-19’s impact. Learn more.  

Support restaurants during AZ Takeout Weeks. In support of local restaurants during this trying time, the Arizona Restaurant Association presents Arizona Takeout Weeks. Restaurants are posting takeout menus, delivery options and curbside hours so that consumers can easily access information. View participating Scottsdale restaurants here and #SupportScottsdale.

Get the city’s COVID-19 information.

Follow us on Twitter @ScottsdaleAZgov and Facebook fb.me/ScottsdaleAZgov 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 ScottsdaleAZ.gov to access city services online.

IN OTHER NEWS

The General Plan Update Citizen Review Committee 2020 begins – online.General Plan Update Citizen Review Committee 2020 (CRC) composed of representatives from each of the General Plan relevant city boards and commissions has been formed to review the draft 2035 General Plan as an initial step prior to the document moving through a community review and public hearing process as part of Scottsdale’s ongoing compliance with state statutes. Learn more

No fooling - tomorrow is Census Day! Census notifications were mailed earlier this month to remind you to fill out the form – whether you do online, by phone or on paper. The 2020 Census website is safe and secure. Regardless of how you respond, the Census Bureau is bound by federal law to protect your information.

Data collected via the short questionnaire affects more than $20 billion in funding annually for Arizona, and responding in Scottsdale helps our community receive its fair share. The city also uses census data to plan services and projects, and to place facilities like fire stations, parks and community centers where they will be most effective - an accurate count is vital!

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