Scottsdale Update - May 29, 2020


The city is preparing to reopen some facilities Monday. As statewide restrictions are lifted, Scottsdale will reopen City Hall and One Civic Center to the public Monday, June 1. Other facilities such as libraries and community centers are scheduled to begin reopening Monday, June 8, and additional facilities after that. Please note that hours of operation at many facilities have changed. 

Facilities staff have worked hard over the past month to prepare city buildings – they’ve installed physical barriers in many areas, floor markings to help people understand proper distancing and added hand sanitizer dispensers. 

Even with those changes, a healthy Scottsdale starts with you. Stay home of you are sick or have any symptoms of illness, practice good hand hygiene, stay at least six feet from others, cover your nose and mouth when you can’t keep your distance, and clean/sanitize items and surfaces you touch frequently.  

The city’s website – – is a safe and quick way to access city services. The most frequently used services are featured right on the home page, along with a sitewide search bar.  

For those who would prefer to speak with someone, Scottsdale’s call center is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 480-312-3111

Maricopa County Public Health ranks the most effective ways to slow the spread. As we return to the public sphere, Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine ranks protective measures from most effective to least. Watch the video

It’s not just about distance. While most people are aware of the need to stay six feet away from others, it’s also worth noting that the amount of time you spend with someone also impacts your risk of exposure. The more time you spend in close quarters with a person who is infected with COVID-19, the greater chance you have of becoming infected. Maricopa County Public Health defines close contact as being within 6 feet of the person for 10 minutes or more. So, as you make plans, look for options that allow you to visit quickly. 

When to self-quarantine. If you live in the same home as someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or someone who has symptoms of a new respiratory infection, such as cough or shortness of breath (not allergies or asthma), you should quarantine for 14 days after the last time you had close contact with the sick person. Learn more

When is it safe to be around people again after you or a loved one has been sick? If you have or think you might have COVID-19, it is important to stay home and away from other people. When you can safely be around others depends on several different factors for different situations. Learn more about CDC recommendations.

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.


The National Weather Service expects dangerous temperatures through Saturday, May 30. Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Learn how to identify heat related illnesses and how to avoid them. Please leave your dogs indoors. Temperatures above 90 degrees can quickly turn deadly for your dog. In addition, you can be charged under state law with a felony for animal cruelty.  

Meet your City Council candidates at a forum Wednesday. Ahead of the Aug. 4 primary election, the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce will host a “Meet the Candidates” forum. It runs from noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 3. Watch live on Cox cable channel 11, Century Link Channel 8001 or, search "live stream."  

Watch replays of this and the Mayor Candidate Forum that was held earlier this week. Here’s the schedule: 

2020 City Council Candidate Forum - Replays at 2, 7 and 11 a.m.; and 3, 6 and 9 p.m. Fridays. 

2020 Mayoral Candidate Forum - Replays at 2, 7 and 11 a.m.; 3, 6 and 9 p.m. Tuesdays. 

Scottsdale’s population is now estimated at 258,069. The U.S. Census Bureau recently released Scottsdale’s population data. It estimates Scottsdale to be the 84th largest city in the U.S., up from 85th in the last few years. The Census Bureau recasts its estimate each year. Our 2018 population estimate was 255,300. The bureau also estimates Scottsdale to be the 81st fastest growing city with a population of more than 50,000 people between 2010 and 2019 (a growth rate of 18.7 percent or 40,577 people). There are 719 cities in the U.S. with a population of more than 50,000 people, which together represent about 39 percent of the total U.S. population. And speaking of population, please remember to fill out your Census form. Learn more

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