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We’re in this together, Tempe

We’re in this together, Tempe.

The Tempe Tourism Office wants to do everything that we can to support our local businesses and provide COVID-19 updates for both locals and visitors. Please visit the City of Tempe website for frequently updated COVID-19 resources and information for locals and visitors.

March 25, 2021: Governor Ducey issued a press release and Executive Order announcing that Arizona businesses can resume normal operations, effective immediately. This includes: hotels and resorts, restaurants and bars, fitness centers, pools, waterparks/tubing, movie theaters and attractions. 

Tempe Updates

Mask Guidelines in Tempe: Effective Friday, May 21, 2021, the City of Tempe will no longer require face coverings in public spaces, though masks are urged for those who are unvaccinated. Masks also are strongly recommended to be worn for the sake of those who are more vulnerable, such as unvaccinated children and the immune-comprised. Tempe businesses may continue to require patrons to wear masks. Face coverings will still be required on all public transit, by federal order, and at Tempe Municipal Court, by order of the Arizona Supreme Court. Read the proclamation.

Visit the Office of the Governor’s website for more information about what is currently happening in Arizona in relation to COVID-19.

Outdoor activities in Tempe to get outside safely: If you’re in Tempe and you’re looking for safe things to do that help you stay within the CDC guidelines, visit our blog about outdoor activities.  

Here are a few things that you can do to help the Tempe community

Support local restaurants:

Tempe restaurants can really use your support right now. Our blog lists places where you can order delivery or curbside pick-up from a local restaurant. Contact restaurants individually for specific information about their protocols and safety measures for guests.

Support local retailers and artists:

Many of Tempe’s local retail stores and distilleries are also working hard to serve customers in a new way right now. There are also many local artists, and artists who would have sold their wares at the spring Tempe Festival of the Arts, who could really use your support. Read our blog to learn how you can help local merchants and artists.

COVID-19 information regarding events: 

The Tempe Tourism Office is currently updating the Event section of our website to indicate the events that have been cancelled and the businesses with reduced hours or temporary closures. Or check out our blog which provides Tempe and the Phoenix area’s most popular event status updates. If you are planning to visit a Tempe business, please contact them ahead of time to confirm their hours of operation.  

Traveling to Tempe

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport:

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport does require all employees and members of the public entering public airport facilities, including the terminals, the Rental Car Center, the PHX Sky Train®, and Airport buses to wear a face covering. For more health information, visit their website.

For the latest information on COVID-19, please visit:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Arizona Department of Health Services 

Arizona Office of Tourism 

U.S. Travel Association 

City of Tempe COVID-19 updates 

Maricopa County Public Health 

Written Toni Smith

An Arizona native, Toni Smith loves to dine out, conquer hiking trails, go to concerts and survive hot yoga classes. She has also never met a dog she didn’t love instantly. She lives in Tempe with her husband and daughter.