COVID-19 Update: Chandler Mayor signs emergency declaration

March 19, 2020
COVID-19 Update: Mayor Signs Emergency Declaration

Today, Mayor Kevin Hartke signed an emergency declaration proclaiming a local emergency in response to COVID-19. This declaration follows the state of emergencies that have been declared by the President, Governor and Maricopa County. This declaration gives the Mayor and Council the authority to impose necessary regulations to further preserve the order and safety of the City, its residents and customers. The declaration also authorizes City Management and staff to implement Chandler’s emergency operations plan as needed.

As part of this declaration, all Chandler residents are ordered to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to further prevent the spread of the virus. This includes:

  • Practice social distancing in public gathering places and businesses where groups are in excess of 10 people;

  • Wash your hands frequently, practice good hygiene and frequently disinfect;

  • Avoid contact with those with elevated risks associated with COVID-19;

  • Stay home and contact a medical provider if you or others in your household are sick or start to experience symptoms of COVID-19. 

As a community, we need to protect our most vulnerable and at-risk population, and following these guidelines will help do our part.

Businesses are urged to operate responsibly by following the CDC guidelines. Restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, retail food facilities and other similar businesses or establishments are strongly encouraged to take measures to increase the use of delivery service, window service, drive-through service, or drive-up service, and to use precautions in doing so to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

When applicable, businesses also are urged to set limits on the purchase of essential items per household. In addition, businesses and residents with gatherings of 10 people or more are implored to implement social distancing and follow CDC recommendations. This includes public places such as gyms, bars and clubs.

Residents are also asked to support local businesses and utilize delivery or take-out services when possible. For those able and willing to donate to Chandler nonprofit organizations, visit For Our City-Chandler.

At this time, Chandler has temporarily closed four libraries, four recreation centers, senior center and six aquatic centers and pools to the public through March 31. All  special events on City property through April 30 have been postponed or canceled to help stop the spread of the virus.

City officials will continue to monitor the impact of these closures and the need for further restrictions to keep our residents, businesses and employees safe.

For the most up-to-date information on City services, online resources and more, visit Chandler COVID-19 Updates.

Media contact:
Matt Burdick
Director of Communications and Public Affairs
City of Chandler