Surprise cancels/postpones events and programs due to COVID-19
Surprise, AZ (March 16, 2020) After careful consideration, the city of Surprise is canceling or postponing all city-sponsored events, programs, and sports effective March 16 and continuing through May 10.
The decision comes as COVID-19 (coronavirus) has reached pandemic levels and is in an effort to protect the health, safety and well-being of our residents and visitors. We have not had any confirmed cases of COVID-19 within our city, but are acting out of an abundance of caution and under guidelines developed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to reduce the spread of the virus. The CDC guides against large crowds and suggests putting distance between yourself and other people, among other precautions.
To minimize the potential spread of illness, the following events, programs and sports have been canceled or postponed. Decisions as to when, or if, an event will be rescheduled have not yet been made.
• Spring Break Camp: Spring Break Camp, scheduled for March 16-20, is canceled. For more information, please contact email@example.com or call 623.222.2000.
• Youth & Adult Sports: This includes all competitive and recreational leagues and camps, as well as aquatic programs. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 623.222.2000.
• Special Interest Classes: This includes dance, fitness, music, martial arts, etc. For more information, please contact email@example.com or call 623.222.2000.
• Special Events: All special events, including Egg-stravaganza, Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festivals, Surprise Talent Show, Level 4 Youth Event, Public Art Bus Tours, and AZ Humanities Lectures, etc. To see a full list of cancelations, please visit the city calendar at www.surpriseaz.gov/calendar.
• Classes and Workshops: All classes and workshops, including the AZ TechCelerator Lunch & Learn, Fair Housing Workshop, HOA Connection Workshop, City Academy, etc. To see a full list of cancelations, please visit the city calendar at www.surpriseaz.gov/calendar.
• Recreation Centers / Open Gym: All programming and open gym time is suspended at Countryside Recreation Center, Sierra Montana Recreation Center and Villanueva Recreation Center. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 623.222.2000.
• Tennis & Racquet Complex: All classes, tournaments, and drop-in or scheduled court time is suspended. For more information, please contact email@example.com or call 623.222.2400.
• Surprise Senior Center: The Senior Center is temporarily closed until further notice. Meals are still being provided. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/seniorservices or call 623.222.1500.
• Surprise Libraries: Maricopa County Library District (MCLD) operates the Surprise libraries, including Northwest Regional, Asante, and Hollyhock. MCLD has announced they are closed until further notice. Their digital collection is available 24/7 at https://mcldaz.org/emedia.
• State of the City Event: In lieu of a public gathering, the State of the City video will now be premiered online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv. The exact date and time will be announced at a later date.
Please be assured that core services will not be affected, including fire-medical, police, trash, water and other essential city services.
Additionally, the following buildings remain open to the public: City Hall, Surprise Resource Center, City Court, Police and Fire-Medical lobbies, AZ TechCelerator, and the Parks & Recreation office. However, the city is taking additional measures to minimize the risk of spreading respiratory illness. Some of those measures include:
• Encouraging ill people to come back when they are well and encouraging interactions online, by phone, or by email, when possible.
• Increased sanitizing efforts of our buildings, with special focus on high traffic spaces, including handrails, elevator buttons, restrooms, etc.
For information on ways to interact with the city online, by phone, or by email, please visit the city’s COVID-19 Info webpage at www.surpriseaz.gov/COVID-19. The page is also linked off the homepage of www.surpriseaz.gov and includes connections to reputable sources of information about COVID-19. The CDC is the best source of information about the virus. Visit www.cdc.gov/covid19 for details on the symptoms, ways to protect yourself and what to do if you think you are sick.
Your health and safety are extremely important to us, and we will continue to keep you updated as we navigate this fluid situation in partnership with other agencies.
The city continues to be actively engaged in information sharing with state and county officials, as well as public safety intelligence sources, such as the CDC, Arizona Department of Health Services, Maricopa County Department of Public Health, and Arizona Coalition for Healthcare Emergency Response.
As the situation evolves, updates will be shared on www.surpriseaz.gov and the city’s social media channels. To have city news delivered to your inbox, please sign up for “Current News Releases” at www.surpriseaz.gov/notifyme.