Scottsdale Update - May 19, 2020


Small business funds still available. The city’s Economic Development Department can help small businesses navigate through the funding application process. Visit the Small Business Assistance Center for details. #SupportScottsdale

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park getting back on track. The park will begin a phased reopening incorporating safety and physical distancing measures Thursday, May 21. Train and carousel rides and concessions will be open. However, the Scottsdale Railroad Museum remains closed for the summer and the Model Railroad Building will remain closed for the time being. Please recreate responsibly and follow health and safety guidelines.   

Guidance for going out in public. Adults 65 and older and people with serious underlying medical conditions are at the highest risk of severe illness from COVID-19, but anyone can get infected. Follow these precautions in public: 

  • Stay at least six feet away from others
  • Consider wearing a cloth face covering if you cannot maintain at least six feet of distance 
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Use hand sanitizer when leaving
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home 

Deciding to venture out? While many public places are now open in some capacity, you may be wondering whether it’s a good idea to venture out. By taking personal protective measures and planning ahead, you can lessen your risk for exposure to COVID-19. If you, or someone you frequently interact with, are considered higher-risk for severe illness from COVID-19, it’s especially important you take precautions and limit your time away from home. Here are five questions to consider when making decisions about activities away from home: 

  • Are you going to a place where physical distancing may be more difficult to maintain?
  • What types of safety precautions are in place at the location you’re visiting
  • What personal protective measures can you consider taking before leaving home (i.e., bring a cloth face covering, carry hand sanitizer)?
  • Is it possible to go alone or to limit the size of your group?
  • Are there other ways to accomplish your goal without leaving your house? 

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.


TONIGHT! City Council to discuss budget and rates/fees as part of regular meeting. The city is holding tonight’s meeting electronically starting at 5 p.m. Watch live on Cox cable channel 11, Century Link Channel 8001 or View the agenda. Submit comments regarding the budget and rates and fees (agenda items #21 and #22) by writing or telephonically. Those wanting to comment by phone must submit this form no later than one hour prior to the start of the meeting. All other public comments should be submitted using theelectronic written comment form.  

Protect your family and property. Fires continue to rage throughout our beautiful desert and threaten the safety of your home and loved ones. Wildland fires burn rapidly and winds often make them unpredictable. Homeowners should create a well-maintained, live vegetation zone to prevent damage to structures in case of wildland fires. This "defensible space" acts as a fire break, and should contain only small brush and ground cover to prevent a continuous path of flammable materials leading to inhabited structures. Get more fire prevention tips

Watch mayoral and city council candidate forums. Ahead of the Aug. 4 primary election, the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, Scottsdale Coalition for Today and Tomorrow and Scottsdale Leadership are hosting two “Meet the Candidates” forums. The mayoral candidate forum will be Wednesday, May 27, and the council candidate forum will be Wednesday, June 3. Both air from noon-1:30 p.m. The forums will provide candidates the opportunity to share their positions on issues of critical importance to the community. Watch live on Cox cable channel 11, Century Link Channel 8001 or, search "live stream." 

“Sip, Shop & Save” in Old Town Scottsdale. Support more than 30 local merchants from 6-10 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at SouthBridge. Stroll through the area while enjoying the (relatively) cool summer night, complimentary refreshments and great deals. For every $50 you spend at one of the participating small businesses, you will be entered into a drawing for amazing prizes and gift packages. #OldTownScottsdaleAZ #SupportScottsdale #ShopScottsdale 

Scottsdale Sister Cities seeking donations for Alamos, Sonora Mexico. Most residents are out of work and need food assistance. Hacienda de los Santos Resort is coming to the rescue by preparing 130 hot meals a day, five days a week, for those in need. But donations are needed to continue this valuable lifeline. If you can, please consider donating here. Learn more about Scottsdale Sister Cities

Is your irrigation system ready for summer? Take a walk around your yard while the irrigation system runs and do a mini irrigation check. Keeping your irrigation system in good working condition will help keep your overall water use down. Use Scottsdale Water’s handy checklist to guide you through a mini-irrigation efficiency check.  

Summer is bee season. Learn how to protect yourself. If you are attacked, run as far and as fast as possible; get shelter in a building or car; cover your eyes and face; don't swat at bees; and don't jump into a pool. Call a bee removal company if you find a hive on private property. Call 480-312-5000 if it's on city-owned property. 

Fire up the grill. Temperatures are rising, which makes it a good time to keep the kitchen cool and heat up the outside barbecue grill. To reduce the risk of fire or explosion, perform these safety checks

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