Following direction from the governor’s office, the City of Apache Junction will close additional public spaces at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 4.
The city will close tennis and basketball courts, the splash pad at Flatiron Community Park and restrooms, according to a release.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday ordered that amenities be closed at public parks “that do not allow for recommended physical distancing or proper hygiene such as basketball courts, splash pads, playgrounds and public restrooms.”
The splash pad at Flatiron Community Park was closed by the city earlier this week after Gov. Ducey’s “stay-at-home” executive order was issued.
Open spaces overseen by the city, including Flatiron, Prospector and Superstition Shadows parks and Silly Mountain remain open. But the city urges visitors to practice physical distancing in enjoying the amenities, the release states.
The city has already closed or limited social interaction at several municipal facilities in following the governor’s orders and ongoing guidelines set by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. On Thursday, the city closed large pickleball/tennis courts, the skate park, shuffleboard courts and playgrounds will be closed. The city’s Multi-Generational Center was closed earlier in March and all fitness programs suspended.
The city’s public counters, including the city clerk’s office, the development services department and the Apache Junction Water District have been closed, doing business online and by phone until further notice.
Health officials have consistently issued recommendations to limit gatherings as a key measure to slow the spread of COVID-19, the new strain of coronavirus. On March 30, Gov. Ducey issued an order, calling on “non-essential” businesses to close or curtail business. On Friday, the governor ordered closure of additional businesses and public spaces, the release states.
Follow the latest on the city’s response to the virus outbreak at ajcity.net/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1834.
As always, health officials remind to take everyday preventive actions to stay healthy: