Chandler City Manager Marsha Reed announced changes Friday to some public services and the cancellation or postponement of most special events on City property through April 30, due to risks associated with the global COVID-19 outbreak.
Today, President Donald Trump declared a National Emergency and on Wednesday, Governor Doug Ducey declared a public health emergency for the State of Arizona. Since January, the City of Chandler has been working with the Arizona Department of Health Services, Maricopa County Public Health and local healthcare providers to contain and mitigate the impact of the virus.
Today’s actions are an effort to ensure the safety and well-being of Chandler residents, visitors and City staff. The goal is to reduce gatherings of large groups and to encourage what officials call “social distancing" as one method to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
The following changes were announced and are effective immediately. They will remain in effect through April 30. However, City officials will monitor the impact of and need for these restrictions, as well as re-evaluate these actions as circumstances change, and may adjust the schedule accordingly.
- All special events that are city-sponsored or take place on City of Chandler property are canceled through April 30.
Programs and Services:
- Senior Active Adult recreation programs are canceled through April 30.
- Library programs hosted by volunteers are canceled.
- Meetings that the City is legally obligated to conduct, such as City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission, will be unchanged. All other public meetings are canceled.
- City facilities will remain open to the public, with normal hours of operation (except for the Senior Center) and City staff will continue to provide service to customers.
- Chandler Senior Center will reduce hours of operation to 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- All public restrooms in Chandler parks will be closed.
- The City recommends that residents and customers use online services as much as possible