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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, retail, 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. Please visit the City of Tempe website for frequently updated COVID-19 resources and information for locals and visitors.

Arizona’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” order was in effect until May 15. On May 4, Governor Ducey announced some of the next steps as Arizona begins to gradually re-energize the economy. Retail stores could begin partial in-person operations on May 8. Also on May 8, cosmetologists and barbers could resume appointment-based services. And, on May 11, restaurants and coffee shops could open their dining rooms, with safety measures in place.

Updates on Tempe Re-opening

Tempe parks: Some Tempe parks and amenities have re-opened. Some of the park amenities that were able to reopen include skate parks, tennis courts, pickleball courts and disc golf courses. Visit the City of Tempe parks website for more information.

Tempe restaurants: Restaurants can re-open their dining rooms with safety guidelines in place. Most restaurants are also still offering take-out and delivery if you prefer that option. Check with restaurants individually to learn about their new social distancing and cleaning protocols.

Tempe entertainment venues: Tempe recreation and entertainment venues can re-open. Before you visit a local attraction or recreation site, check ahead of time to make sure that they are open again as many places have decided to welcome customers back at a later date.

Review the state of Arizona’s guidelines for businesses to re-open.

Outdoor activities in Tempe to get outside safely:  

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.  

Here are a few things that you can do to help the Tempe community

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. We have also included which restaurants have opened their dining rooms in a limited capacity. Contact restaurants individually for specific information about their new protocols and safety measures for guests.

You can also purchase gift cards from many of these restaurants that can be used at a later date. Please support them as much as you can during these trying times.  Many local merchants are offering support vouchers, like a digital gift card, that can be purchased on the My Hownd app during the Buy Now. Save Local campaign. Download the app to purchase gift vouchers. 

Support local retailers and artists:

Many of Tempe’s local retail stores and distilleries are also working hard to serve customers in a new way right now. There are also many local artists, and artists who would have sold their wares at the spring Tempe Festival of the Arts, who could really use your support. Read our blog to learn how you can help local merchants and artists.

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 May. 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.  

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
Written Toni Smith

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.