Cities across the West Valley are canceling public events and gatherings in response to precautions over spreading of the COVID-19 virus.
Arizona schools in all communities remain closed, per Gov. Doug Ducey and State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman.
The CDC is the best source of information about the virus at cdc.gov/covid19.
As the situation continues to evolve daily, or in some cases within the same day, here are the latest event updates throughout the West Valley.
On Tuesday, March 17, the city of Glendale announced “out of an abundance of caution and to support other preventative measures underway,” the following closures:
Indoor Parks & Recreation Centers
The city is suspending upcoming large events and mass gatherings, managed by the city of Glendale, through the end of April. This includes suspending the Live @Murphy Park Concert Series. This is consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and Governor Doug Ducey’s recent announcement.
The Arizona Winds’ April 5 concert in Glendale has been canceled.
The city of Peoria will postpone city events, programs and sports leagues into the month of April, in compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance about large gatherings and the benefits of social distancing in minimizing community spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), said a city news release, which announced that the postponements are effective Monday, March 16.
“Public safety is the city of Peoria’s number one priority,” Mayor Cathy Carlat stated in a news release. “As we continue to understand the impact of COVID-19, limiting community engagement is intended to support slowing the spread of this virus. I want to ensure Peoria residents that our core services, including police, fire-medical, water, solid waste, etc. will continue without interruption.”
In an attempt to reduce exposure and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, all Peoria events and youth and adult sports leagues will be suspended, postponed or canceled per the following:
As this situation progresses, the city will continue to evaluate upcoming events, programs and policies and will share the information with the public on peoriaaz.gov as well as its social media pages.
The city of Surprise is canceling or postponing all city-sponsored events, programs, and sports effective March 16 and continuing through May 10.
“The decision comes as COVID-19 (coronavirus) has reached pandemic levels and is in an effort to protect the health, safety and well-being of our residents and visitors,” the city stated in a news release. “We have not had any confirmed cases of COVID-19 within our city, but are acting out of an abundance of caution and under guidelines developed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to reduce the spread of the virus.”
To minimize the potential spread of illness, the following events, programs and sports have been canceled or postponed. Decisions as to when, or if, an event will be rescheduled have not yet been made. Email email@example.com or call 623-222-2000:
Spring Break Camp
Youth & Adult Sports
Special Interest Classes
Classes and Workshops
All classes and workshops, including the AZ TechCelerator Lunch & Learn, Fair Housing Workshop, HOA Connection Workshop, City Academy, etc. Visit surpriseaz.gov/calendar.
Recreation Centers / Open Gym
All programming and open gym time is suspended at Countryside Recreation Center, Sierra Montana Recreation Center and Villanueva Recreation Center.
Tennis & Racquet Complex
All classes, tournaments, and drop-in or scheduled court time is suspended.
Surprise Senior Center
The Senior Center is temporarily closed until further notice. Meals are still being provided. Visit surpriseaz.gov/seniorservices or call 623-222-1500.
Maricopa County Library District (MCLD) operates the Surprise libraries, including Northwest Regional, Asante, and Hollyhock. MCLD has announced they are closed until further notice. Their digital collection is available 24/7 at mcldaz.org/emedia.
State of the City Event
In lieu of a public gathering, the State of the City video will now be premiered online at surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv. The exact date and time will be announced at a later date.
Please be assured that core services will not be affected, including fire-medical, police, trash, water and other essential city services.
Additionally, the following buildings remain open to the public: City Hall, Surprise Resource Center, City Court, Police and Fire-Medical lobbies, AZ TechCelerator, and the Parks & Recreation office. However, the city is taking additional measures to minimize the risk of spreading respiratory illness. Some of those measures include encouraging ill people to come back when they are well and encouraging interactions online, by phone, or by email, when possible; and increased sanitizing efforts of buildings, with special focus on high traffic spaces, including handrails, elevator buttons, restrooms, etc.
Visit the city’s COVID-19 Info webpage at surpriseaz.gov/COVID-19. The page is also linked off the homepage of surpriseaz.gov and includes connections to reputable sources of information about COVID-19.
All tee times will be made online or via the telephone effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until further notice. Until further notice all golf courses as of Sunday, March 22 will be converted to straight sheets in order to have the least number of golfers together at the same time. The 3-cart rule will temporarily be eliminated until further notice. No shotgun tournaments are allowed until further notice. The remaining Saturday Golf Clinics in March are canceled.
Events and entertainment
Board and Committee Meetings
SUN CITY WEST
The Recreation Centers of Sun City West this past week announced that all facilities will remain closed for a two-week period, tentatively reopening Monday, March 30.
Golf courses will remain open to golfers, with limited person-to-person contact. No concessions or beverages will be sold, and golfers are asked to limit their time in the pro shop. Golfers should check in at the pro shop and go to their carts before being called to the tee. To reduce congestion, golfers should not socialize in the pro shop or on the patio.
All other outdoor venues and events are closed. This includes:
These closures will remain in effect until March 30.
All city of Litchfield Park events are canceled until April 1. Recreational league seasons will be postponed until April 1, unless conditions worsen, according to a March 16 city news release.
The city of Goodyear has announced the following cancellations: