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City Releases Strategy to COME BACK S.M.A.R.T.
New Proclamation and Guidelines Outline Return-to-Service Plan
Casa Grande, AZ (May 8, 2020) ꟷ Casa Grande (City) is an extraordinary community filled with smart, innovative, hard-working people. It is also generationally-abundant where many from each family tend to stay or eventually return to plant more roots, children and businesses. This unique atmosphere compels residents to feel more like family than stranger when passing each other down grocery store aisles or along the street.

Many have done their part to follow recommended Center for Disease Control Guidelines ( CDC ) and State Executive Orders to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Most have a story to tell of hardship or sacrifice about their experiences these last few weeks. Some have even shared the ultimate heartbreak of losing loved ones while others remain hospitalized, alone and separated from family. Then, there are those who have suffered losses in livelihoods and small business closures.

As members of this great community begin to re-engage at their own pace, the City asks everyone to treat each other professionally, respectfully and compassionately so Casa Grande can COME BACK S.M.A.R.T. and begin to thrive even stronger for generations to come.

According to City Mayor Craig McFarland, every loss matters to the persons impacted and each loss is real to them, albeit sometimes different in nature to others. In preparation for a return to service, the Mayor has released a new proclamation that allows the City Manager more flexibility in managing the next phases that are more specific to Casa Grande.

“It’s really important to come back SMART through a phased approach to re-opening,” explained McFarland, “and to recognize that while the economy must restart, the virus is still among us and can impact human life and any economic progress we make.”

The Governor’s extended Stay-at-Home Order expires May 15. His additional guidance requires counties and cities to follow suit, based on data from the CDC and Arizona Department of Health Services ( AZDHS ). These guidelines determine which and when certain services and businesses can re-open. 

The City’s COME BACK S.M.A.R.T. initiative will be applicable to everyone’s daily lives when shopping, working or engaging in recreational activities outside their homes. The community must continue to:

S Shield your cough and sneeze
M Mask up when in Public
A Apart 6 feet
R Rinse and wash hands for 20 seconds
T Tidy your space with disinfectant/hand sanitizer

As part of the return to service plan, the City will seek to open certain park amenities. These openings shall require that residents continue to adhere to the appropriate guidance on physical/social distancing, limiting gatherings (currently no more than 10 persons) and complying with any additional restrictions or signage to ensure that use is safe and healthy. Openings are as follows:

Friday, May 8, 2020  
Dog Park 
Gun Range – No organized or reserved events. 
North Mountain Park – Hiking only. Ramadas closed.

Monday, May 11, 2020  
Pickleball and Tennis Courts – Limited to general play. No leagues or tournaments will be scheduled.

Saturday, May 16, 2020  
Basketball and Volleyball Courts – Limited to general play No leagues or tournaments scheduled.

Residents are encouraged to remain patient but engaged and committed to progress. The public may review the City Return to Services Guide and check the City website calendar , COVID-19 and Small Business Resources pages for updates. For information on what you can do to continue reducing your risk to yourself and others, please visit the CDC at

Supporting Critical Food Needs for Students
Mayor Craig McFarland and Michael Cruz, Public Information Officer for Casa Grande Elementary School District, discuss ways schools are helping to satisfy critical student food needs. Watch video to learn more.
Family Resources for Mortgage, Rent and Utility Assistance
Mayor Craig McFarland and Mayor Pro Tempore Lisa Fitzgibbons discuss help for local famiies. If you are struggling to pay mortgage, rent or utilities, Community Action Human Resources Agency known by the acronym CAHRA may be able to help. Watch video to learn more.
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