Scottsdale Update - May 5, 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.


Barbershops, cosmetologists open Friday; dine-in services Monday. Governor Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order allowing cosmetologists and barber shops to resume appointment-based services Friday, May 8. Restaurants and coffee shops can resume dine-in services with physical distancing measures Monday, May 11. The Governor’s Office also released additional guidelines to keep customers and employees safe. 

The city is developing its plans for reopening public facilities and programs in accordance with federal, state and county guidance.

The Scottsdale Industrial Development Authority is stepping up with an innovative infusion of capital for small businesses affected by COVID-19. The new program provides $200,000 of funding in $5,000 grants for local businesses in the food and beverage, tourism and healthcare sectors, which have been especially hard hit by this global pandemic. National numbers suggest that less than 9 percent of funding has been disbursed to these sectors, and even less to business owners with up to 50 employees. Scottsdale IDA is partnering with the city of Scottsdale, Experience Scottsdale, Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, Scottsdale Leadership and the Scottsdale Charros to create Scottsdale Thrives. The partners came together quickly so companies with 50 or fewer employees could get a range of short-term, mid-term and long-term funding. Interested business owners can review the grant criteria and apply at The goal is to distribute all grants during May.

Hotel construction continues during pandemic. Several of the hotel projects that were in the works when the COVID-19 pandemic hit have continued construction amid the shut-down. Construction has been deemed an essential business. The Canopy Hotel by Hilton located in the Arts District is working toward a late fall 2020 opening. The still-unnamed hotel coming along at the old Don & Charlies site near the Entertainment District is pressing forward with a tentative opening date in September 2021. Caesars Entertainment’s first non-casino hotel, Caesars Republic Scottsdale, located on the northern side of Scottsdale Fashion Square, broke ground in April and has announced a fall 2021 opening.

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's City Council meeting will be held electronically at 5 p.m. Watch on Cox Cable channel 11 or stream it online. View the agenda and submit comments at least one hour prior to the meeting.

National Weather Service issues excessive heat warning. The Phoenix metro area is expected to break records Wednesday with temperatures hitting 107 degrees. Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Learn the symptoms and what to do if you or a loved one shows signs of having a heat-related illness. Learn how to identify heat related illnesses and how to avoid them.

High ozone pollution advisory extended through Wednesday. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has extended the high ozone pollution advisory through Wednesday, May 6. In addition to excessive heat warnings, those with respiratory sensitivities (i.e. asthma, COPD) are advised to use caution when outdoors during times of highest O3 concentrations, which is from 2-6 p.m.  

Fill out your census forms; it's easy and safe. The U.S. Census Bureau is committed to making the 2020 Census quick, easy and safe for all participants. Here are some tips to help you stay safe. 

  • Avoid scams online: A key way to identify scam websites is to look at the website address. All valid Census Bureau websites will always have ".gov" at the end.
  • The Census Bureau will not send unsolicited emails to request your participation in the 2020 Census. Remember, the Census Bureau will never ask for your information via email. Further, during the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask for your social security number; bank account or credit card numbers; anything on behalf of a political party; or money or donations.

Learn more.

Join Experience Scottsdale in recognizing “Travel & Tourism Week,” through Saturday. 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. Hear Mayor Lane’s message about this commemoration.

May is Mental Health Month. Now more than ever we recognize the need to take care of our mental health. Fear and anxiety about COVID-19 can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about and our community stronger. We are here to help. Scottsdale Youth and Family Services has trained and licensed behavioral health specialists available to listen, find resources and support families during this difficult time. To seek support and encouragement, call us at 480-312-7922, or visit Mental Health America’s Tools2Thrive Toolkit.

May is Stroke Awareness Month. The signs are "FAST" to learn. F is for face - Have the person smile. If one side of the face droops call 911 immediately; A is for arms - Ask the person to raise both arms. If one arm drifts downward, call 911 immediately; S is for speech - Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. If the speech is slurred or strange, call 911 immediately; T is for time - Get help immediately. 

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  • No fear of heights here! Scottsdale Fire shares a behind the scenes glance at their training this morning on ladder aerial ops for proper placement of the apparatus.
  • Old Town Scottsdale continues to reveal interesting facts about our city. Today’s topic: Many know of Scottsdale's founder, Winfield Scott. But can you guess how much he paid for the land now known as Scottsdale?

Summers are hard for you and your irrigation system. Summer heat means plants need more water, which means an irrigation system is working overtime. To get ready for the soaring temperatures, take a walk around your yard while the irrigation system runs and complete this handy mini irrigation checklist. An efficient irrigation system will help keep your overall water use down.  

Chaparral dog park project delayed. Chaparral Park’s off leash area is open after all! Get dog park details at Scottsdale’s dog parks.











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