Glendale Mayor Issues Emergency Proclamation

Glendale Mayor Issues Emergency Proclamation
Posted on 03/18/2020


MARCH 18, 2020 - We are faced with an unprecedented public health emergency, with the global spread of COVID-19.  Our actions, both individually and collectively, will determine how soon and how hard the virus impacts the city of Glendale.

Today, I have issued a proclamation declaring an emergency in the city of Glendale, which is effective immediately.  This declaration allows me to take the measures needed to protect the health and safety of our community. 

In no uncertain terms, I am calling on the business community to meet or exceed the recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arizona Department of Health Services.  Additionally, I am asking all Glendale restaurants, bars and dining establishments to voluntarily curtail dine-in service or to institute appropriate social distancing measures.  I have authorized the City Manager, Kevin Phelps to temporarily relax appropriate zoning codes and other restrictions to accommodate takeout or drive-thru services.

We have always had a great relationship with our business community, and I am confident that they will do the right thing, as they always have.  However, please know that if they are not responsive to the clear guidelines that have been established, I will be forced to take more significant measures that will leave them with no choice.

The most at-risk members of our community are our senior population.  I am requesting that our seniors, particularly those 70 years and older, self-quarantine for their own protection.  I understand this means they will have limited access to acquiring food and medicine on their own.  Therefore, I am calling on the leaders from the faith-based community to develop and provide both a plan and volunteers to serve the individual needs of our seniors who self-quarantine.

It is up to each of us to help and take care of each other.  If you see someone in need of support, help them, or reach out to others who can help.

While these are trying times, they are also a time when we can all come together to support our community.  My wife Sandy and I are committed to getting food delivery or takeout from Glendale businesses at least four times a week.  I am encouraging Glendale residents to take this challenge with me and support our local restaurants as much as you can.

Together, we all share this responsibility of keeping our community safe and our businesses strong. I have a tremendous amount of faith in Glendale and I know that we will emerge from this situation stronger and more unified than ever before.

In Your Service,

Mayor Jerry P. Weiers

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