Tempe cancels city-sponsored gatherings, public meetings through April due to coronavirus pandemic

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Officials with the City of Tempe announce the cancellation of public special events and most public meetings through the end of April, as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

City officials announced their decision Thursday night via an e-mail.

"Impacted events include city-sponsored gatherings such as Geeks Night Out, Human Services Day, Tour de Tempe and the State of the Neighborhoods & Awards," read the e-mail. "They also include events by external organizers, such as the Aloha Festival, Tempe Festival of the Arts and more. Events of any size are impacted."

Officials say some of the events may be rescheduled, and some may not be.

In addition, public meetings on a variety of city issues, programs and projects are also impacted, and will not occur through April.

City officials say a comprehensive list of affected events and meetings will be made available Friday afternoon.

Tempe is not the only Valley-area city to cancel public events. Officials in the City of Goodyear also announced the cancellation of a number of public events, including all city recreation programs through the end of April.

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