Mayor Cathy Carlat

Mayor Cathy Carlat moved Peoria to phase two of reopening, with more access to city facilities.

Peoria is taking small, cautious steps toward normalcy.

After a continued decline in COVID-19 cases across Maricopa County, the city of Peoria is proceeding with phase two of the city’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

This will expand facility access and related programming.

“As mayor, the well-being of Peoria residents has been at the forefront of my thoughts and actions as I have been monitoring the COVID-19 guidelines put forward by top public health officials,” said Mayor Cathy Carlat.

 “I am pleased to see the downward trajectory in cases and the important milestones we’ve surpassed, allowing us to safely move into phase two. I am grateful to all Peoria residents for exercising caution as we open up these significant community amenities.” 

Since May 18, the city has been operating in phase one with extra sanitation, physical distancing and facial mask protocols. 

Phase two allows for further easing of restrictions with the use of amenities like picnic facilities, including:

•Ramada rentals are available for less than 50 people.

•Field reservations will resume with moderate restrictions.

•Dial-a-Ride shared rides will resume with moderate restrictions.

•Organized sports will resume with modified rules and scheduling.

• The Rio Vista Recreation Center remains open and continues to operate per the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) requirements.

•Peoria’s two libraries will remain open with reduced group sizes and expanded access to technologies, collections and resources.

•The Peoria Community Center will also reopen, with group sizes limited to 50 participants. Food programs for vulnerable populations that are facilitated through the center will continue to be delivered.

• As local schools begin resuming on-site instruction, Peoria’s AM/PM Before and After School Program will resume with a 1 to 20 staff-student ratio and strict sanitation and social distancing protocols.

•City public meetings will open to the public with strict sanitation, moderate occupancy and social distancing protocols.

Until phase three begins, all city facilities and programs will operate under moderate physical distancing protocols and facial masks will continue to be required.

The city of Peoria will be evaluating and gradually implementing fall programming and events while continuing to monitor health trends and ADHS data.

Throughout all the phases, high standards of cleanliness, physical distancing, personal hygiene, and health and safety policies will be in place and enforced. As the city’s plan rolls out, Peoria residents are also encouraged to continue practicing good hygiene, physical distancing, wearing facial masks when physical distancing is not an option, and following the recommendations provided by MCPHD, ADHS and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more details about the city’s plan, visit peoriaaz.gov/covid19.