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Posted on: December 8, 2020

Surprise creates application process for public events with 50+ people pursuant to Governor’s E.O.


Due to the COVID-19 health pandemic, and pursuant to Executive Order 2020-59 issued by Governor Doug Ducey, all organized public events over 50 people in the City of Surprise must:

  • Be approved by the City of Surprise.
  • Implement adequate safety precautions that are consistent with guidance issued by the CDC for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and that are in compliance with the Maricopa County and City of Surprise face covering mandates. 
  • Submit their COVID-19 mitigation plans to the city for review, approval and posting to the city’s website through the Public Event Registration and/or Temporary Use Permit process. 
  • Agree to enforcement of mitigation measures by the city.

Subject to further guidance from the State of Arizona, the City of Surprise defines an “organized public event” as any organized event held on public or private property that is open to participation or attendance by the general public with or without a fee or charge, registration or age requirement. 

Examples include, but are not limited to, fairs, ceremonies, exhibitions, festivals, carnivals, concerts, performances, farmer’s markets, competitions, and seasonal/holiday events. Constitutionally protected activities, such as assembly for speech or religious practices or purposes, are not included in this definition. 

Any organized public event within the City of Surprise of more than 50 people that does not receive prior approval through the Public Event Registration Process and/or the City’s Temporary Use Special Event Permit process will be in violation of the Executive Order. 

Get more information and the applications for both the Public Event Registration and Temporary Use Special Event Permit at

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