Local and state governments took actions late last week in response to growing concerns about mitigating the COVID-19.
Starting Monday, March 16, the Neighborhood & Family Services Department temporarily suspended programming, activities and transportation at the Avondale Senior Center until further notice.
NFS will continue its Home Delivered Meal Program. Participants who rely on the congregate meal program (lunch at the senior center), can pick up a brown bag meal from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays at the Senior Center, 1007 S. Third Street.
Weekly Mobile Food Pantry will remain in effect. For questions or additional information regarding the Senior Center, call 623-333-2705.
“This is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk may change daily,” said Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise. “The city of Avondale is closely following state and federal guidelines to ensure that we are meeting the standards for health and safety for our community.
“Avondale Fire/Medical Emergency Operations staff is keeping the city’s management team updated with regard to the public health situation, and the city is reviewing all operations throughout the organization to ensure that we have the necessary contingencies in place to deal with the coronavirus.”
Avondale City Hall will remain open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Residents are encouraged to utilize online services wherever possible, including online water bill payment. Visit avondaleaz.gov for more information on available online services.
Beginning Monday, March 16, passport services will be by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call 623-333-1200 or email email@example.com .
Avondale Care 1st Resource Center and Avondale Public Libraries remain open. Library programming for large group activities may be temporarily curtailed.
Avondale City Parks remain open, but changes to sports and recreation programming will be evaluated.
Avondale’s Facilities division is increasing its efforts to clean and sanitize city buildings to reduce risk to employees and customers.
“Any changes to our operations are being done as precautionary measures to protect the health and wellbeing of our community,” Weise said.
“Even though Buckeye has yet to see a case of the virus, we are preparing and implementing necessary precautions now,” said Annie DeChance, a Buckeye spokeswoman.
“To prevent and reduce exposure to the COVID-19 virus to residents, the following precautions are being implemented:
“Buckeye Senior Center: Meal delivery and medical transportation will continue as scheduled.
“Residents who enjoy their meals at the Senior Center can now pick them up at the center, or have them delivered to their home.
“All other programs and events at this location are canceled till further notice.”
Canceled events in Buckeye include Ultra Man, March 27; Buckeye Melodrama, March 27 to March 28, Verrado’s Founders Day, March 28-29; and Mayor Jackie Meck’s “State of the City” address, April 16.
Buckeye youth sports leagues are postponed until further notice.
“Each city department is responsible for disinfecting their common areas every few hours,” DeChance said.
The Buckeye Recreation Center was temporarily closed as of Monday.
Goodyear spokeswoman Tammy Vo said in an effort to be proactive, the city is taking action to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. The following events involving large crowds have been canceled.
• Culture Pop block party, March 28.
• Hop & Hops, April 11.
• Goodyear Lakeside Music Fest, April 18.
• Spring Concert Series, March 14, 21 and April 4.
• All recreation programs through the end of April.
Vo said the Goodyear Library remains open.
“In addition, the city is finding ways to reduce exposure between employees and with large groups while maintaining the highest level of services that residents depend on. The city’s priority is to protect the community while continuing to deliver essential services,” Vo said.
Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers and Senate President Karen Fann issued a joint statement Thursday, stating that due to COVID-19, effective March 13 the House and Senate galleries will be closed to the public.
“We encourage members of the public to limit their attendance at committee hearings until further notice,” said the joint statement.
“Committee chairs are to limit testimony for and against legislation in committee and consider alternative methods to receive public input. Members of the public wishing to weigh in are encouraged to do so via email, phone, or the Request to Speak system. Live proceedings may be viewed online.”
Field trips and visits by outsiders have been canceled.
“The Senate and House will further increase efforts to clean and disinfect the buildings throughout the day, wiping down door handles and surfaces.
“Employees who are sick will stay home or go home.”