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COVID Home Test Web

***The city is currently out of free COVID-19 rapid home test kits. Check back soon for updates. ***

The City of Tempe offers free COVID-19 home test kits at several locations as part of a partnership with Maricopa County Public Health. Due to a nationwide test shortage, these tests are limited. Please check here often for the latest info about the program. 

MASK UPDATE: 

Masks are required for City of Tempe employees and patrons ages 6+ while inside city facilities. This applies to vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Patrons at any of the city’s multigeneration or recreation centers must wear a mask while in the facility, but may remain unmasked while participating in physical activity, or when actively eating or drinking. Cleaning protocols remain in place. Patrons who feel ill or have any COVID-19 symptoms should stay home.

Read more here.  

The city cares about the health of residents, city employees, visitors and those who work in Tempe. We update this page frequently with the latest information available.  If you have questions or concerns that are not answered here, please reach out to Tempe 311 by calling 480-350-4311 or visiting tempe.gov/311. You may also get the latest news sent to you by email.

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City Manager Standards for Reopening

City of Tempe public facilities and programs are slowly reopening based on gating criteria from the CDC in line with state and local guidelines. Here are some Tempe-specific modifications: 

1. Facilities, programs and services will have modifications to physical capacity, registration spots, times, days, and locations to promote physical distancing, limit group size, and protect vulnerable populations.

2. All customer-facing services or front desks will have a physical barrier or adequate space between employees and patrons. When employees are unable to maintain physical distancing with the public, face coverings shall be used by employees.

3. Temperature checks may be required for patrons and others entering city facilities or programs.

4. Face coverings will be strongly recommended or required in some facilities for patrons and others who enter City of Tempe facilities, classes and programs.

5. Masks will be available in all facilities, classes and programs for patrons who do not have their own.

6. Hand sanitizer will be available at all public entrances.

7. Physical distancing measures in all facilities will be defined and visible to all who enter the facility.

8. Sanitation measures in all facilities will be defined and visible to all who enter the facility.

9. Temperature and health checks will be required for all employees entering city facilities.

10. Facilities will have reduced entrances and exit points to direct visitors to use monitored and protected routes.

11. There will be Instructional signage displayed at all stairwells, elevators, and other confined spaces, stating protocols including limits to occupants and safe distance guidelines.

Transportation Health and Safety 

Transit cleaning

Valley Metro enhanced the cleaning and disinfecting regimens on public transit. Fogging is used on both buses and light rail vehicles. Fogging is an anti-viral/anti-bacterial vapor misting system that disinfects large spaces by leaving a longer, residual clean.

  • Buses are fogged three times per week. On the days they are not fogged, all high-touch areas (stanchions, hand rails, seat rails, etc.) are cleaned with an anti-viral solution.
  • Light rail trains are fogged once a month using a two-step process that lasts longer. First, they are fogged with a sanitizing solution and then fogged with a "barrier" solution that lasts for approximately one month. High-touch areas on light rail vehicles are cleaned with an anti-viral solution each day.
  • At light rail stations, fare vending machines, handrails, water fountains, call boxes, seats and armrests are disinfected daily with an anti-viral solution.
  • All fare inspections on light rail are now visual, meaning that fare is still required but there will be no contact to inspect fares.
  • Beginning Monday, Nov. 2, Valley Metro will start disinfecting buses at some layover locations, including the Tempe Transportation Center and Tempe Marketplace, as part of a pilot project.
  • Paratransit vehicles are being cleaned with a broad-spectrum disinfectant nightly. Drivers are also wiping down high touch areas with disinfectant throughout the day.
  • The Transit Store is cleaned daily and staff are supplied with masks, wipes and hand sanitizer.
  • For more information, visit valleymetro.org.

Rider and operator precautions

  • Capacity on transit vehicles is being limited all allow for physical distancing.
  • Bus entry is through the rear door only to limit exposure to the driver.
  • All buses are equipped with a ‘curtain’ to separate the operator from passengers.
  • All transit operators are provided with, and required to wear, face masks.
  • Passengers are encouraged to use public transit for essential trips only.
  • Passengers are required to wear face coverings. Read more.
  • Passengers are encouraged to practice physical distancing.

 

Compost Yard
The compost yard is open for regular hours, Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit tempe.gov/compost for more information. 

Household Products Collection Center
The Household Products Collection Center (HPCC) is open for residents on Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tempe City Hall
Tempe City Hall will remain closed until further notice. Services within City Hall, such as Tempe City Clerk, Economic Development, Diversity Office, Tempe City Council and the City Manager's Office are available by appointment by calling 480-350-4311. 

Transit Store
The Transit Store is open. Visitors are asked to follow physical distancing guidelines and there will be demarcated lines at the public windows.

City classes and program registration  

The city is now offering an array of virtual and in-person arts and recreation classes. In-person offerings will have modified class sizes, physical distancing requirements and thorough sanitizing protocols in place. Face coverings will be required for in-person classes and temperature checks may be required. 

View all class offerings here

REGISTRATION INFO

Field and court reservations 

Reservations are being accepting for athletic fields, ramadas and and volleyball courts. New protocols are in place to help keep participants and spectators safe. 

View protocols and reservation instructions here

Parks

All city parks are open. Park users must follow CDC guidance:

  • Maintain 6 feet of physical distance from those who are not in your household.
  • Do not gather in large groups.
  • Go home if you are sick.  

Open

  • The Cloud at Kiwanis Park
  • Splash pads at Esquer, Hudson and Jaycee parks 
  • Fiesta Playground 
  • Playgrounds 
  • Outdoor fitness equipment 
  • Kiwanis Tennis Center
  • Kiwanis Batting Range 
  • Dog parks
  • All sports courts (basketball, volleyball, pickleball, tennis courts) 
  • Athletic courts (reservations may be limited to groups 10 and under)
  • Disc golf
  • Skate and bike parks
  • Ramadas and picnic areas
  • Escalante and McClintock pools 
  • Kiwanis Wave Pool 

Community and recreation centers, pools 

All facilities will have physical distancing and thorough sanitizing protocols in place. Hours, services and capacity is limited. Visit each page for the most up-to-date info. Face coverings are required for all employees and patrons ages 6+ while inside city facilities.  

 Open: 

Tempe Public Library

Tempe Public Library is now open during regular hours and is offering in-person browsing throughout the library. In-person programming, study and meeting classes are not available. Please visit the library website for the most up-to-date info on hours and offerings.

Arts and culture

Virtual arts classes are underway. View all offerings here. 

Open with limited hours and services:

Golf Tempe

Ken McDonald and Rolling Hills golf courses are open for play. 

Book tee times online at tempe.gov/GolfTempe or by phone:

Ken McDonald: 480-350-5250
Rolling Hills: 480-350-5275

Please visit tempe.gov/GolfTempe for a complete list of changes, procedures and precautions taking place at the courses.

Tempe Diablo Stadium

Open for leagues and events

CARE 7
CARE 7, the city’s crisis response program, continues to offer services via telehealth, phone calls and other means. Services include free counseling for residents, victim services, youth services and more. Tempe.gov/CARE7 or 480-350-8004.

City Clerk, City Council, City Manager's Office
Tempe City Hall is closed but appointments for service and meetings with staff and elected officials may be requested through 480-350-4311. Meetings are hosted either by phone or digitally through Zoom or Webex. 

Community Development 
Community Development is taking appointments and asking for online submittals of most permits at this time. For new planning applications, please email your electronic submittal to [email protected]. If your file does not transmit via email, please request a liquid file link through the same address. For existing planning submittals please resubmit directly to your planner via email. For Building Safety, Private Development Engineering and Fire submittals please visit our online Citizen’s Access Portal. Get details.

Customer Service - In-person Payments 
You can pay in person at Tempe’s Customer Service office at 20 E. Sixth St., first floor, which is located on the northeast corner of Mill Avenue and Sixth Street, just west of Tempe City Hall. For more information visit tempe.gov/customerservice

Diversity Office 
The City of Tempe Diversity Office is available by phone or by appointment at 480-350-2905 or [email protected]

Economic Development
The Economic Development team is available by appointment. Here's how to reach them.

Housing Services
Housing Services continues to serve residents with housing applications, inspections, emergency repairs and other needs. Visit tempe.gov/housing or call 480-350-8950.

Procurement
Tempe's Procurement Office is available by phone or appointment. Call 480-350-8324 or check online to see any solicitation opportunities. 

Sewer, trash or water service - residential or commercial
To start or transfer your sewer, trash or water service, call Tempe Customer Services at 480-350-8361. You will be required to email a lease, escrow account or title. Get details  

Transit
The Transit Store is now open. Visitors are asked to follow physical distancing guidelines and there will be demarcated lines at the public windows.

Valley Metro Light Rail has reduced hours from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. and is operating on a 15-minute frequency from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. with no late night service on Friday and Saturday. Sunday service remains the same.

Public transit is operating normally. Visit tempe.gov/TempeinMotion for detailed information.

Paratransit trips are limited to a single passenger. To schedule a paratransit trip, please call 602-716-2200.

Capacity on transit vehicles is being limited all allow for physical distancing.

Bus entry is through the rear door only to limit exposure to the driver. All buses are equipped with a ‘curtain’ to separate the operator from passengers. All transit operators are provided with, and required to wear, face masks.

Passengers are encouraged to use public transit for essential trips only. Passengers are required to wear face coverings and to practice physical distancing.

Water Conservation Services
At this time, Tempe’s water conservation services will continue to be virtual. You can schedule a virtual water efficiency consultation or participate in a free online water conservation workshop. To access these services, please visit tempe.gov/conservation.

The Economic Development team is available by appointment. Here's how to reach them. 

Tempe is offering several programs and services to help businesses. 

Click on For Business for a variety of federal, state, county and local programs and services. 

Official City of Tempe meetings are happening virtually through Webex at this time. 

These meetings include:

Tempe City Council
Development Review Commission
Board of Adjustments
Hearing Officer 
Other boards and commissions

To participate in these meetings, go to tempe.gov/calendar and click on the meeting that you would like to attend or comment on. Each calendar item will include instructions on how to participate once the agenda is posted. You may also go to tempe.gov/clerk for instructions. 

Project-oriented Public Meetings 
Some public meetings about projects, such as transportation options or parks, are also happening virtually. These meetings will also be posted on the city calendar with instructions on how you can participate. 

Arizona Department of Health Services guidance for reopening businesses - these are now recommendations for businesses due to Gov. Doug Ducey's March 25 Executive Order.

Maricopa County Department of Health Services guidance for employers and businesses - these are now recommendations for businesses due to Gov. Doug Ducey's March 25 Executive Order.

Federal Gating criteria

***As of  Dec. 30, all city facilities remain out of stock of home test kits until further notice.***  

Beginning Tuesday, Dec. 21, the City of Tempe will distribute free COVID-19 home rapid test kits at several locations. Each home kit contains two rapid tests that provide results in 15 minutes. The kits will be available during business hours at the following locations:

  • Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road (hours)
  • Escalante Multi-Generational Center, 2150 E. Orange St. (hours)
  • Westside Multi-Generational Center, 715 W. Fifth St. (hours)
  • North Tempe Multi-Generational Center, 1555 N. Bridalwreath St. (hours)
  • Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA)

Hours may be impacted by the holidays. Check the holiday schedule here. Patrons are asked to take one test kit per household.

People who test positive should self-report their results to their primary care doctors or directly to Maricopa County at 602-506-6767.

To avoid spreading COVID-19, residents showing any symptoms of the virus should stay home and ask a family member or friend to pick up a test for them. The city will receive up to 1,500 kits a week, which will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The locations were selected based on need, accessibility and infection rates in the surrounding areas based on City of Tempe COVID-19 indicator data.

It is important to note that negative results from these home tests cannot be used for holiday air travel. Travelers should check their airlines for testing requirements and can find an acceptable test location here.