Mesa declares state of emergency

March 17, 2020 at 5:16 pm

Mesa Mayor John Giles signed a proclamation today declaring a state of emergency. A video of Mayor Giles announcing the formal action and providing an update on recent city actions and resources available to residents in need was posted on the City's website and social media platforms this afternoon.

"With the support of my City Council, I signed a proclamation declaring a state of emergency in Mesa," Mayor Giles said. "This action will activate additional resources to assist our community with the effects of the coronavirus outbreak."

Yesterday, to support preventive measures against the spread of the coronavirus, the City temporarily closed several public facilities including Mesa Arts Center, recreation centers, aquatic centers, Mesa Convention Center, Mesa Amphitheatre, museums and libraries.

Departments have been asked to work from home except those that provide services such as trash pick-up, utilities and public safety. The City also canceled all events, managed by the City of Mesa, through the end of April, which coincides with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recommendations.

Mayor Giles encouraged restaurants, bars, gyms, churches and other businesses that may have gatherings of 10 or more people, to adhere to the recommendations provided by the CDC. He also asked residents to support local restaurants by taking advantage of drive-through, pick-up and delivery options.

Mesa continues to work closely with Arizona Department of Health Services, Maricopa County Department of Public Health, public safety agencies, and the CDC in disseminating information on the coronavirus, how it spreads and how to protect yourself and family from the virus.

The City reminds residents that understanding the facts of the coronavirus, practicing social distancing and maintaining good hygiene practices are the best way to safeguard from any virus.

For the video and more information go to