Scottsdale Update - May 1, 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.


Governor extends “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” order until May 15. The executive order encourages people to stay at home as much as possible with the exceptions of activities such as working or volunteering in essential functions, outdoor exercising, purchasing items provided by essential businesses or caring for pets or loved ones. Gov. Ducey amended the executive order regarding businesses. Beginning Monday, May 4, business which were not previously classified as essential may return to selling their goods using drive-thru, pick up, delivery or window service. The governor’s announcement did not lift or adjust any restrictions specific to city facilities or programs. Read the order.

What does the data about Maricopa County COVID-19 cases tell us? According to the Maricopa County Public Health Department, illness and hospitalization data tell us that physical distancing measures are working and COVID-19 cases likely peaked in mid-April. Watch this for details.

Today! Keep your eyes on the skies for a military flyover tribute. Luke Air Force Base, along with the Arizona Air National Guard, will honor frontline workers with a flyover Friday, May 1. Scottsdale is one of 17 cities in Arizona on the flight path. The flyover will begin around 3:10 p.m. and last about 50 minutes. Expect a few seconds of jet noise as the aircraft pass overhead. Luke encourages people to watch the flyover from the safety of their home or workplace and not travel to landmarks or hospitals. Military pilots must fly regularly to maintain proficiency – this flyover does not incur any additional costs to taxpayers. Learn more.

Renters must pay May rent, regardless of executive order eviction stipulations. If you or someone you know is struggling to make ends meet this month, it is important to note that tenants are still obligated to pay rent, despite rumors to the contrary related to Governor Ducey’s executive order 2020-14. A variety of other local resources are available to those in need. 
Reminder – there are two types of COVID-19 testing. There’s a lot of talk about ramping up COVID-19 testing, but it’s important to distinguish between the two types.

  • Diagnostic tests help medical providers determine whether a person has evidence of active infection. This testing informs daily COVID-19 case counts. 
  • Antibody tests, also known as serology tests, look for the presence of antibodies that are made by the body and indicate a recent or past infection; antibody tests are not as helpful for diagnosing active infections.

See the Maricopa County Public Health guidance on COVID-19 testing options here.

City’s IDA provides small business funding. The Scottsdale Industrial Development Authority is providing financial assistance to small businesses. The authority voted unanimously to approve $200,000 of funding to give in $5,000 grants to businesses in-need. IDA officials say the small business grant funding program is in response to the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act - also known as the CARES Act - not adequately supporting local destination businesses with up to 100 employees. Read more. Source: Scottsdale Independent 

Increased efforts in place to assist the homeless population. Throughout the COVID-19 response, Human Services staff continues to connect with those who are experiencing homelessness. They are completing assessments and making emergency items available, including food, water, hygiene kits and resource guides.
On the job: Inspectors and construction crews adjust to a new normal. Governor Ducey deemed construction an essential service amid COVID-19. City crews continue inspecting private construction sites. Their inspections ensure new construction projects (i.e., water, sewer, paving, concrete and buildings - both residential and commercial) are safe and meet code and specifications.   
Here are a few things contractors in Scottsdale are doing as part of their new norm:

  • Placing signs at entrances and around job sites to remind everyone of physical distancing and other cautionary measures
  • Hiring medical technicians to provide those entering job sites with mandatory temperature screenings
  • Requiring sign-in and sign-out sheets
  • Installing hand sanitizer stations and additional hand-washing stations around job sites

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.


Join Experience Scottsdale in recognizing “Travel & Tourism Week,” May 3-9. During this uncertain time, Experience Scottsdale is using National Travel & Tourism Week to honor the spirit of travel – that spirit of strength, resiliency and selflessness deeply ingrained in the tourism industry. When the time is right, that spirit will lead visitors to fill Scottsdale's streets and reinvigorate the local economy. Until then, join Experience Scottsdale by sharing your favorite Scottsdale businesses, landmarks and attractions on social media using #SupportScottsdale and #SpiritofTravel. Also consider buying and dining local next week. Visit for information on takeout and online retail options. 

Commemorate Municipal Clerks Week, May 3-9. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation that officially declared Municipal Clerks Week the first full week in May. The Scottsdale City Clerk's Office supports the City Council’s goal of accessible and responsive government by:

  • preparing and keeping the minutes of City Council meetings; 
  • overseeing the timely and accurate accumulation, preservation, and accessibility of public records; 
  • conducting fair and open municipal elections; and
  • ensuring legal compliance of all official postings, public notices, and related advertising. 

Pima Dynamite Trailhead closes at noon daily May 3-22. Beginning Sunday, May 3, the Pima Dynamite Trailhead gate will close at noon daily through Friday, May 22, for Arizona Public Service powerline utility work. The trailhead gate will open each morning at the regularly scheduled time. You can access the preserve’s northern region at these alternative trailheads:

  • Brown’s Ranch Trailhead, 30301 North Alma School Parkway
  • Fraesfield Trailhead, 13400 East Rio Verde Drive
  • Granite Mountain Trailhead, 31402 North 136th St.

It’s not too late to respond to the 2020 Census! You can still participate online while being safe and practicing physical distancing. Spread the word about the importance of the census and the impact it has on communities across Arizona. Fill out your form here today. It takes less than 10 minutes! 

Saving Scottsdale’s sunshine for our visitors. Experience Scottsdale released a new video targeting Scottsdale leisure visitors and meeting clients with a simple message: “Scottsdale’s sun is shining, and we’ll save some for you.” The video showcases warm, inviting imagery of Scottsdale’s Sonoran Desert and Old Town, art galleries and public art, and craft cocktails and sweet confections that will inspire people to visit Scottsdale when the world is ready to travel again. 

Dog park updates. Horizon Park’s off leash area is closed through Monday, June 1, for annual sod replacement. Chaparral Park’s off leash area will be closed Monday-Thursday, May 4-7, for a lighting and shade improvement project. Learn more about Scottsdale’s dog parks.

Give blood May 19 at city’s North Corp Yard. Donations will be collected from 8 a.m.-noon, at 9191 E. San Salvador. To schedule an appointment, visit, click on the “locate a blood drive” link and use sponsor code: corpblood.

Mayor seeking students for Youth Council. Do you know a Scottsdale high school student interested in city government and making a positive impact in his or her community? Students must be sophomores, juniors or seniors in the 2020-21 school year. These students will learn how local government works, tour parts of the city and participate in various events throughout the year. Students are required to fill out an application and participate in an interview process. Find more information at, search “Mayor’s Youth Council” or contact Human Services Manager Kristy Hahn-McDonald at 480-312-0102.

Stay social and please share!

  • Scottsdale Senior Services teamed up with employees throughout the city to deliver care packages and meals to 190 home-bound seniors. Watch it now on Facebook.
  • Missing your tennis lessons? Scottsdale Parks & Recreation is bringing tennis home to you! Follow along with instructors from Scottsdale Ranch Park and Tennis Center.
  • Joan Fudala, community historian, presents on previous epidemics that the United States, and Scottsdale in particular, have faced in the past.
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