"First, I want to thank the Mesa community for helping slow the spread of the coronavirus by staying home, washing your hands with soap and wearing a mask when physical distancing is not possible.
For several weeks, our city has been planning how to safely re-open our facilities and programs when the state's "Stay at Home" executive order expired. That happens this Friday. The Mesa City Council will be discussing various options for a limited re-opening of city facilities at our study session meeting tomorrow morning. We want to ensure our city recovers in a smart, responsible way.
As Arizona re-opens, our residents and businesses must remember that we are still dealing with an unprecedented public health crisis that requires us to comply with Phase 1 guidelines provided by the White House. This includes avoiding gatherings of ten or more people, physical distancing, teleworking when possible and adherence to CDC public health guidelines.
The best way to track the spread of the virus is to collect data. If you have symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed, please get tested. Find a testing location at theArizona Department of Health Services.
Every one of us has a role and a responsibility to keep our community safe. We all miss seeing our friends and families, going to church, the movies and restaurants. We have missed the human connection but as society opens up we must do so with great care.
My family and I enjoy going to church every week to worship in person as a community. It's a tradition that I miss and it's not quite the same online, but I am encouraging the faith community to continue their online services because it is too soon to congregate in large numbers.
I have also heard of restaurants and bars packed with people in the last few days. If you are an owner or a customer, please act responsibly and follow the current health guidelines provided by the CDC and Arizona Department of Health Services. These are in place for the health and safety of not only patrons but also employees.
Many city programs directly impact and benefit many Mesa families. The goal is that our discussion tomorrow can help us safely and smartly re-open some of those recreational facilities and programs that make our community a special place. I will provide an update after tomorrow's meeting."
Contact: Melissa Randazzo