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We’re in this together, Tempe

We’re in this together, Tempe.  

These are very uncertain times for all us, including our hospitality community including those who work in hotels, restaurants, retailers, tour companies and other related businesses.   

We want to do everything that we can to support our local businesses at this time so we can all weather this storm and come out on the other side even stronger than before. And we hope to keep locals and visitors as updated as possible about COVID-19 information for Tempe businesses.

Here are a few things that you can do to help:

Support local restaurants:

Tempe restaurants can really use your support right now. Our blog lists places where you can order delivery or curbside pick-up from a local restaurant. Or, call your favorite place or visit their social media pages to see how you can help.

Support local retailers:

Many of Tempe’s local retail stores are also working hard to serve customers in a new way right now. Here are a few places that you can support, either by shopping online or buying a gift card that you can use later. Here are a few examples:  

Changing Hands Bookstore – The Tempe location is closed through April 30, but they can still process online orders that will be delivered to your door, or you can send a customized Booklover Care Package to friends, family, co-workers, or anyone who needs a little life right now.  You can also help by buying a gift card on their website.

Burst of Butterflies – They are offering pottery-to-go packages. Choose your pottery piece, select up to 5 paint colors and then pay for it online. Your pottery package will be ready for pick up in 24 hours. Return it to the store and they will fire it for you and have it ready within 7 days.  

Cactus Sports – You can also order online from their website.  Right now, all online orders are 20% off, no code needed and that includes an extra 20% off of their clearance items.

Tempe Marketplace – view the Tempe Marketplace website to find out which businesses are temporarily closed and which places have changed their hours. Several of the restaurants at Tempe Marketplace are participating in their Drive-in program, where you can park in designated spots in the parking lots, scan a QR code to order food and then have it delivered to your car. Visit the Drive-in…to Delish webpage for more details.  

As You Wish Pottery at Tempe Marketplace – The studio space at As You Wish Pottery is closed but you can order pottery to go packs that will be ready the next day. Visit their website for more details.

What can you do in Tempe?  

If you’re in Tempe and you’re looking for safe things to do that help you stay within the CDC guidelines, visit our blog about outdoor activities.  

Additional COVID-19 Information and Resources: 

In compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations to practice social distancing, the City of Tempe has cancelled all public special events through the end of April. You can view the most up to date City of Tempe COVID-19 news on their website. Also, review the City of Tempe’s list of frequently asked questions for both residents and business owners.

The city’s website also includes a list of cancelled events in Tempe which may continue to evolve, so please review the list frequently.  

Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell has issued a proclamation to order the closure of Tempe bars, in-restaurant dining, and recreational and entertainment venues effective 8 p.m. on March 19, as well as the closure of Tempe gyms and workout studios as of 1 p.m. on March 19. Watch a video statement by Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell.  

The Tempe Tourism Office is currently updating our website to indicate the events that have been cancelled and the businesses with reduced hours or temporary closures. If you are planning to visit a Tempe business, please contact them ahead of time to confirm their hours of operation.  

For the latest information on COVID-19, please visit: 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Arizona Department of Health Services 

Arizona Office of Tourism 

U.S. Travel Association 

City of Tempe COVID-19 updates 

Maricopa County Public Health 

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Toni Smith
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An Arizona native, Toni Smith loves to dine out, conquer hiking trails, go to concerts and survive hot yoga classes. She has also never met a dog she didn’t love instantly. She lives in Tempe with her husband and daughter.