Scottsdale Update - Sept. 22, 2020


Scottsdale face covering order is rescinded; countywide requirement remains in effect. Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane issued a proclamation rescinding the city face covering order that first went into effect June 19. While the local order is no longer in place, Maricopa County’s order remains in effect, which means face coverings are still required in most public places in Scottsdale. The decision to remove Scottsdale’s order is based on the significant decline of infection and hospitalization rates in Maricopa County seen over the past several weeks. The increase in these same rate factors are what drove the decision to require masks in June. Read more.

What to know about events in Scottsdale during COVID-19. The city’s events team has created a specific process to evaluate events proposed during COVID-19 restrictions. Applicants provide specific safety and operations plans that must include enhanced hygiene and cleaning practices, limits on crowd capacity and gathering areas, and appropriate physical distancing measures. Staff reviews these submissions and addresses issues prior to authorizing events. Learn more about our process.

While many restrictions on gatherings and activities remain in place as part of statewide efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, some special events in Scottsdale have been approved under guidelines established by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. Under Governor Executive Order 2020-43 (PDF download), organized public events of more than 50 people are prohibited unless the city has approved the event, and only if adequate safety precautions are implemented, including physical distancing measures.

COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22. Here are the most recent numbers for our county:

  • Total number of cases: 139,807; up 127 from yesterday  

  • Total number of deaths: 3,261; up 0 from yesterday 

  • Hospital admissions: 14,327; 10 percent of total cases  

  • Intensive care admissions: 1,327; 1 percent of total cases  

If you are going out in public, you could be exposed or could be exposing others -- even if not showing symptoms. Stay home when you can, practice physical distancing, cover your nose and mouth and wash your hands frequently.

The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.

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.-5 p.m. weekdays to assist residents via phone – call 480-312-3111.

Visit to access city services online.


Why does every person in Arizona need to be counted? It’s estimated that up to $3,000 per person, per year is at stake for every Arizonan. That is more than $20 billion dollars annually that helps support Arizona’s communities. In fact, for every Arizonan who does not respond to the census, the state stands to lose $887 in federal funding. Just a 1 percent undercount would represent a loss to the state of $62 million per year for a decade, for a total loss of $620 million. If you haven’t yet, please respond to the 2020 Census here.

Scottsdale celebrates “Thank a Water Hero Day,” Sept. 23. During a time when millions of Americans were under a stay-at-home order, thousands of water employees throughout Arizona continued to leave their homes to provide our communities the most essential service – water. Not only have operations not diminished for water workers during the pandemic, but the record-breaking summer heat has pushed Scottsdale Water operations staff even harder than usual. Learn moreWatch this.

Learn about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.

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