Scottsdale Update - May 12, 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.


Stay at Home order expires Friday, May 15. Governor Doug Ducey today announced that the Stay At Home order in Arizona will end and be replaced by new guidance for the next stage of economic recovery that takes effect Saturday, May 16. The new order, “Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger,” will build on Arizona’s comprehensive efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health. Review the guidance for these openings and learn more

The Governor’s newest executive order allows pools to open Wednesday, May 13, provided specific precautions are observed. The city is finalizing details on opening its pools; more information will be announced later this week. If your community or HOA operates a community pool, see the latest guidance here(PDF) 

Restaurants and coffee shops begin dine-in services. Eateries started opening their doors for dine-in service Monday, per Governor Ducey’s executive order allowing restaurants to reopen as long as they follow guidelines to keep customers and employees safe. In response, the Arizona Restaurant Association unveiled “Welcome Back to the Table” reopening guidance to help restaurants restart kitchen equipment and rehire staff. In related news, the association rescheduled Spring Arizona Restaurant Week to June 19-28 (previously scheduled for March 2020).

Learn about local COVID-19 health care impacts. In his latest video, Mayor Jim Lane speaks with Mayo Clinic Scottsdale’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Richard Gray, about how hospitals are handling COVID-19 care and impacts. 

“Shop Scottsdale” underscores the importance of shopping locally. 
With small businesses making up more than 92 percent of the storefront and restaurant experiences in Scottsdale, the city is diligently working to spread the importance of supporting our small businesses by keeping spending in Scottsdale. “Shop Scottsdale – Your Dollar Matters” celebrates our wonderful local businesses; by supporting them, you are keeping more of your tax dollars in Scottsdale which helps support services and programs for you.

We’re featuring open businesses in our Instagram Stories:

  • If you’re a local business and you’re open - tag yourself in the comments. 
  • If you want to help a business by giving them a shoutout, tag them in the comments. 

Share your local favorites using #ShopScottsdale.

Support Scottsdale website gaining momentum. had 10,743 page views and an average time on page of more than three minutes from March 29-May 6. The most popular pages of the site, after the homepage, were Meals To-Go, Hotels Open for Guests, Shop Local, and Virtual Tours. The campaign also has been getting a lot of love on social media, with the hashtag #SupportScottsdale. The city, Experience Scottsdale and the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce created the microsite to assist with networking and loan and job opportunities, as well as showcase ways residents can support their favorite restaurants, shops and points of interest. 

How to wear and care for face masks. It’s important to understand how to wear and care for your mask to yield the most benefit from its use. For starters, make sure the mask is worn over the nose and mouth, not just the mouth. And remember, face coverings are most effective helping to prevent transmission of COVID-19 when used in addition to physical distancing and good hand washing – they are another layer to help slow the spread of disease. The CDC offers detailed guidance here.

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.


Census 2020 and our health. During this time when many of us are taking steps to protect our health, the health of our loved ones, and the health of those most vulnerable in our communities, it's easy to see the importance of a strong health care system. Data collected from the 2020 Census will determine how $675 billion is distributed to communities nationwide each year. This funding goes toward hospitals and emergency services in the places that need them most. Stay home, stay healthy and help pave the way for good health care in the future by filling out your Census form

Take a look back at the history of dining in Scottsdale. In her latest video, shot on location in the Civic Center Library’s Heritage Connection Room, community historian Joan Fudala presents an interesting review of Scottsdale's eating and drinking history. Learn about the city's farming and ranching roots, and wax nostalgic about the parade of restaurants that have fed and entertained us throughout time.

Donate now to help seniors “Beat the Heat.” Drop-off items between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda. 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. Monetary donations can be made directly through Scottsdale Community Partners. Learn more

Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market extends through June. The market will continue operating Saturdays through June, but will adjust hours to 7-10:30 a.m. to accommodate the heat. Drive-thru pickup lanes for pre-orders are accessible off Second Street. Email your list to Drive-thru is also available for patrons who haven't placed a pre-order but want to remain in their vehicles. Learn more

Scottsdale asks businesses to join CamerEyes program. Scottsdale police want help catching criminals from businesses who have smart technology video systems. CamerEyes aims to reduce crime and improve safety throughout the city. Those interested can fill out a brief online questionnaire. Businesses need not worry about privacy: police cannot access live video or system sign-on information for any registered device.

Snakes sizzle in the sun. As temperatures rise, so do snake sightings. Snakes rattle to let you know they are there. If you give them space, the interaction will stop there. Do not poke at them or move closer to grab a photo. Learn how to be safe around snakes

Scottsdale EZ is here to assist you. Whether it's a broken streetlight, a fresh pothole, a missing trash can, or an out-of-place scooter, our EZ online service makes it simple for residents to report problems with city facilities or services. Quickly report and issue on your desktop or mobile device - Scottsdale EZ

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