April 14, 2020
We will issue Scottsdale Update more frequently during the COVID-19 pandemic. While in nontraditional ways, we are still conducting business, so we also may continue to provide information unrelated to the coronavirus.
“Good to Go” map available. You read recently about our “Good to Go” banner program showcasing which Scottsdale restaurants and businesses are open. Now you can find them on this handy map.
Valley Metro changes bus service. Note these bus route service changes that affect Scottsdale riders:
- Route 17 (McDowell Road)
- Route 29 (Thomas Road)
- Route 41 (Indian School Road)
- Route 50 (Camelback Road)
- Route 80 (Shea Boulevard)
- Route 154 (Greenway Road)
- Route 170 (Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard/Bell Road)
Victims Assistance Office available to help during COVID-19. Social distancing, school closures, unemployment and stay-at-home requests have presented challenges for everyone, especially for domestic violence victims. Prior to the current public health emergency, victims may have had a reprieve from abuse, while being at school, at work or when their abuser was at work or elsewhere. This may no longer be available. If you are a victim of domestic violence, you can still get help. Hotlines are still working, shelters are still open and courts are still issuing orders of protection. Call 480-312-4226 during regular business hours or visit us online. Dial 911 in an emergency.
Residents invited to #LightItBlue to honor frontline workers battling COVID-19. You’ve likely seen the stunning sights of facilities throughout Scottsdale and the nation lighted blue to honor those fighting for our health and safety. We invite you to do the same by illuminating your landscape and front porch lights blue at 8 p.m. each Thursday. Learn more.
Changes start Wednesday for school district’s free meals program. The Scottsdale Unified School District Nutrition Services department is fine-tuning its free meal program for children to further protect families and staff members from potential exposure to the coronavirus. Beginning Wednesday, April 15, meals will be distributed weekly – on Wednesdays only – rather than each weekday. Adults will be able to pick up five breakfasts and five lunches for every child ages 1-18 in their households. Learn more.
Arizona restaurants can now sell repackaged paper goods and produce. A recent executive order gives Arizona restaurants more flexibility in the items they can sell during the coronavirus outbreak. Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order that will allow Arizona restaurants to repackage and sell grocery items they have on hand, including items that are not normally packaged and labeled for resale. Ducey explained the executive order could give restaurants a means for additional revenue and get more food and goods into the hands of customers who need them. (Source: azcentral)
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IN OTHER NEWS
Help prevent wildfires. Globe Chamomile is a fast-moving invasive plant in Arizona. Explore your property and be diligent about pulling it now before yellow ball flowers develop mature seeds and dry out in our summer heat. Plants resemble a carrot plant with dark green leaves and a strong odor. Just one pull will prevent the spread of thousands of seeds. Invasive plants upset the sensitive and natural ecological balance of the surrounding area and can also disrupt the habitat for desert wildlife. In addition, it could become a major fire fuel source during the hot weather when these weeds dry out. Learn more.
Scottsdale celebrates “Arizona Water Professionals Appreciation Week.” As the world faces an unprecedented period of uncertainty, one thing Scottsdale residents and businesses can rely on is their 24-hour access to safe, affordable and reliable drinking water and sewer service. While it can be easy to take these for granted, the reality is that it takes an entire team of dedicated, highly trained professionals to guarantee our families and businesses have this most vital resource. This industry plays as crucial a role in making a stay-at-home order possible or keeping essential businesses running. Learn more.
It’s “National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.” Hardworking dispatchers and public safety telecommunicators serve as a vital link between community and fire, medical, and law enforcement agencies. In observance, we’d like to thank our Scottsdale 911 dispatchers for their valuable work and dedication. We appreciate your critical day-to-day work! Show your support on the Scottsdale Police Facebook page.