On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, Mayor Ginny Dickey issued a sixth Emergency Proclamation in response to Governor Doug Ducey’s Executive Order allowing the Stay at Home executive order to expire on May 15 and authorizing the reopening of swimming pools, gyms, and spas effective Wednesday, May 13, 2020.
The new Executive Order from the Governor reconfirms that cities and towns are to enact the directives uniformly as one with the State of Arizona, at this time.
Governor Ducey issued an Executive Order on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, authorizing these facilities to reopen. The reopening of these facilities is contingent upon strict adherence to social distancing and recommended hygiene and sanitary conditions from the Arizona Department of Health Services.
“While these facilities are now allowed to reopen, we want to remind our residents that social gatherings of ten or more people are still prohibited under the Governor’s Executive Orders and the Town’s Emergency Proclamation,” said Mayor Dickey. “Please continue to take precautions when going out, showing care and consideration towards one another, our first responders, front-line and health care workers.”
With the Stay at Home Executive Order expiring on May 15, the Town of Fountain Hills plans on reopening the Town Hall and Community Center to the general public on Monday, May 18. The town has taken extra precautions to protect the public and employees from the COVID-19 virus. “The town is in the process of installing glass partitions at all of our public counter areas and special markers on the floors to ensure safe social distancing between customers and employees is maintained,” said Town Manager Grady Miller.
Even though the Community Center will be open to the public, programs and activities will be severely curtailed for the next several weeks due to CDC guidelines limiting gatherings of more than ten people and ensuring that social distancing can be maintained.
The Town Council meeting scheduled for May 19, 2020, and going forward will be open to the public with social distancing maintained in the Council Chamber along with additional sanitary measures in place. All boards and commissions will also fully resume their regularly scheduled public meetings in June with social distancing and sanitary measures.
While ball fields are opening up officially on Memorial Day weekend for tournament use, tournament organizers are being held to strict adherence to social distancing and agreeing to prohibit spectator gatherings. “Tournament organizers are signing written agreements acknowledging that in exchange for utilizing the baseball facilities for tournament play, they agree to abide by CDC social distancing guidelines and not allowing spectator gatherings,” said Community Services Director Rachael Goodwin.
Residents and businesses are encouraged to regularly visit the Town’s website at www.fh.az.gov to obtain the latest news and information about the town’s response to COVID-19.