March 26, 2021 | Statement from Mayor Kevin Hartke to the Community of Chandler
We continue to see signs that we’re heading in a positive direction as more people are vaccinated, mitigation measures are practiced and the number of cases decline.
I ask residents to respect the COVID-19 mitigation policies that Chandler businesses, nonprofit organizations, event organizers and other enterprises set and enforce as authorized in Governor Ducey’s executive order issued yesterday.
We’ll take the same approach inside City buildings by educating and encouraging the use of face coverings, physical distancing and disinfection practices. This is not a mandate, simply an acknowledgment of measures our City has followed throughout the pandemic.
This gives residents and our employees who want to be vaccinated added time to make those appointments and receive the vaccine. The proclamations I issued in June and December regarding face coverings have been rescinded in light of the Governor’s action.
The health and prosperity of our community continues to trend in a very positive direction. I anxiously await the opportunity to celebrate a conclusion to this pandemic.
On June 19, the City of Chandler issued a proclamation regarding use of masks/face coverings in Chandler businesses and public spaces:
- People over the age of six shall wear face coverings where continuous physical distancing of 6-feet or more is not feasible.
- The City will revisit this decision every two weeks or until the Governor repeals or revises Executive Order 2020-40.
- Update July 3: The proclamation has been extended for another two weeks, July 17, at which time it will be reevaluated again.
- Update July 20: The proclamation has been extended until further notice.
- Update Dec. 10: Addendum to Proclamation Regarding COVID-19 Pandemic
Office of the Mayor
PROCLAMATION REGARDING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
WHEREAS, on the 19th day of March, 2020, I issued a Proclamation Declaring the Existence of a Local Emergency for the City of Chandler finding that due to the President’s Proclamation of National Emergency dated March 13, 2020, the Governor’s Declaration of Emergency dated March 11, 2020, and Maricopa County’s Proclamation of Emergency dated March 18, 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Chandler, County of Maricopa, State of Arizona, is facing a condition of extreme peril to life and property that necessitates the proclamation of the existence of an emergency and the provisions of my previous Proclamation remain in effect; and
WHEREAS, on May 12, 2020, the Governor of the State of Arizona, Douglas A. Ducey, issued Executive Order 2020-36, Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger rescinding certain prior Executive Orders to allow, with some exclusions, businesses to gradually open in compliance with federal guidelines, and advising any business profession or entity, both for-profit or non-profit, to develop, establish, and implement policies based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to limit the spread of COVID-19 including, but not limited to, “promoting healthy hygiene practices;” and
WHEREAS, the transmission of COVID-19 has not dissipated but remains a significant threat to the health and safety of the City of Chandler community; and
WHEREAS, on June 17, 2020, the Governor of the State of Arizona, Douglas A. Ducey, issued Executive Order 2020-40, Containing the Spread of COVID-19 – Continuing Arizona Mitigation Efforts ordering that businesses update and enforce written policies adopted by the CDC and ADHS to limit and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, such as recommending that all persons wear face coverings in public where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain, and authorizing local jurisdictions to enact regulations to help limit the spread of COVID-19 such as requiring face coverings in public where appropriate; and
WHEREAS, this Proclamation is intended to conform with Governor Douglas A. Ducey’s Executive Order 2020-40, which encourages education and working to promote best practices to limit and mitigate the spread of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, I call upon our community to come together and follow the guidelines provided by the CDC, Governor Douglas A. Ducey, and ADHSin caring for the health of themselves, their families and the Chandler Community so that we can significantly reduce the risk of our residents contracting and spreading the COVID-19 virus; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to the emergency powers vested in me as Mayor under Arizona Revised Statutes §26-311 and Chandler City Code §6-3.2, I have determined that extraordinary measures must be taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY PROCLAIMED BY THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF CHANDLER as follows:
Section 1. That in order to promote consumer confidence, all businesses shall institute policies in accordance with the CDC, Governor Douglas A. Ducey’s Executive Orders and Guidelines, ADHS, and any other guidelines and recommendations issued by regulatory authorities relating to COVID-19 to require all employees that interact with the public to wear a face covering and to require consumers to wear face coverings while engaging in face to face consumer activities.
Section 2. That all persons six years of age or older shall wear face coverings in accordance with the CDC guidelines in public places where persons are unable to maintain continuous physical distancing (6 feet or more) from others not in their household unless it is not practicable or feasible to wear a face covering.
Section 3. That it is the intent of this Proclamation to encourage education and voluntary compliance by businesses and citizens of Chandler about the guidelines and recommendations for reducing the spread of COVID-19.
Section 4. That the Proclamation shall take effect immediately and shall be considered for repeal or revisions every two weeks or until Governor Douglas A. Ducey repeals or revises Executive Order 2020-40.
ORDERED this the 19th day of June, 2020.
Dana R. DeLong Kevin Hartke
CITY CLERK MAYOR
APPROVED AS TO FORM:
Within the City of Chandler, please follow the guidelines set forth by Mayor Kevin Hartke in the Proclamation Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic, issued on June 19, 2020.
This proclamation abides by public health guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and Governor Doug Ducey’s Executive Order 2020-40.
The Mayor’s proclamation supersedes the Maricopa County Board of Supervisor’s Regulations Requiring Face Coverings within the incorporated areas of Chandler.
Everyone 6 years of age or older shall wear masks or face coverings when they are in businesses and public places where continuous physical distancing from others cannot be maintained unless it is not practical or feasible to do so.
Employees who interact with the public and consumers engaging in face to face consumer activities are required to wear face coverings.
The requirements for businesses and public places apply to all organizations, including private (for-profit) companies, nonprofit entities, sports leagues, etc.
- Anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance
- People with medical or mental health conditions or developmental disabilities
- Children under 6 years old
- Restaurant patrons while they are eating or drinking
- People exercising outdoors as long as physical distancing is maintained
There is evidence that people with COVID-19 can spread the disease, even when they do not have any symptoms.
More information about how the virus is spread and how to protect yourself is available from the CDC.
Residents are encouraged to wear cloth or surgical masks and reserve medical-grade masks for health care workers and first responders.
The City of Chandler is focused on educating people on the importance of wearing face coverings and will give everyone an opportunity to comply.
People with exemptions will not be required to produce documentation to verify their condition.
The Arizona Department of Health Services has established a COVID-19 compliance website and phone hotline 1-844-410-2157 for community members to report non-compliant businesses.
Governor Ducey’s Executive Order 2020-40, requires all businesses to establish and enforce policies recommended by regulatory agencies to limit and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Specific requirements for businesses, restaurants and bars can be found within his Enhanced COVID-19 Action Plan .
Chandler’s Economic Development team is also available to assist businesses in need of support due to COVID-19 at 480-782-3030.