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AG says cops can enforce emergency orders

Police and sheriff deputies are legally entitled to enforce emergency proclamations and orders issued by state and local officials, according to Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

NEW Senior Hours & Concierge Service
We’re pleased to announce two new services to add more support for our members who could really use a little extra help right now.

• Early Senior Shopping Hours Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7-9 am* for our members aged 60+ and at-risk members. The special shopping hours include our pharmacy and optical centers.

Surprise, AZ (April 3, 2020) The city of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is excited to announce that the annual Surprise Talent Show will be held online!

Whether it is playing an instrument, completing a 10,000-piece puzzle, or even finishing that pesky household project – talent can be found anywhere and we want to share it with the community!

Residents of all ages interested in participating in the talent show can email video and photo submissions to The submission deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday, April 30; but send your entries early.

Surprise, AZ (April 1, 2020) The COVID-19 pandemic has brought economic uncertainty to many individuals and families. In response, financial assistance policies have been activated at the national, state and city levels, as well as by business industries. The city has developed a webpage that lists various resources available to individuals and families.

The webpage can be accessed from the city’s COVID-19 page at, where there is also information on the city’s response to COVID-19, business and workforce

Regular City Council Meeting

The agenda for the April 7, 2020 Regular City Council Meeting has been posted at:

Questions concerning the City of Surprise Council Agenda? Contact the City Clerk’s office at: 623.222.1200 or via email:

Surprise, AZ (April 6, 2020) To help businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Surprise Economic Development department is introducing two new resources to promote local non-restaurant retailers: a purple “Open for Business” #ShopSurprise banner campaign and a new online opt-in promotional tool. 

The new purple banner campaign complements the department’s “See Red, Get Fed” banner campaign for restaurants and aims to support a variety of retail businesses that want to increase their visibility during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Businesses in Surprise can request to have their purple “Open for Business” #ShopSurprise banner delivered or coordinate to have it picked up by contacting Kris Cassens at (623) 222-3329 or via email at

New Order Allows Certain Prescription Refills Without Having To See A Doctor
Order Avoids Trips To The Doctor For Elderly And Vulnerable Patients, While Freeing Up Physicians
PHOENIX⁠ — Many elderly and at-risk Arizonans are coming up on a dilemma: schedule a potentially risky appointment with a doctor to refill a prescription or go without needed medication. 

An Executive Order issued by Governor Doug Ducey today provides a solution by allowing pharmacists to dispense emergency refills of maintenance medications for a 90-day supply and an additional 90-day supply if needed. Under the order, Arizonans would be able to receive a refill on their medication for up to 180 days, while avoiding the trip to the doctor.

Arizona news

Arizona small businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19 have limited time to benefit from important benefits passed along with the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, small businesses can apply for 100% federally guaranteed loans for an amount up to 2.5 times their average monthly payroll expenses for the prior year. More info HERE.

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April 4, 2020
President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration For Arizona
PHOENIX⁠ — Governor Doug Ducey today announced that President Trump in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today approved Arizona’s request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for the state. The declaration makes available additional federal assets and resources to aid Arizona’s COVID-19 response efforts. 

Governor Ducey wrote a letter to President Trump on April 1 requesting the disaster declaration. 

surprise citizens

A congregate meal is a nutritious hot meal provided at least once a day to an eligible participant at a nutrition site, senior center or other group setting. Congregate meal programs provide older adults with positive social contacts with other seniors at the meal sites. Congregate sites may also offer a variety of health-related services such as transportation, health screening, social service referrals, legal assistance, physical and social activities and volunteer opportunities.

The home-delivered meal program provides a nutritious meal to an eligible individual at their residence. Volunteers and paid staff deliver these meals and spend additional time with the individuals, helping to decrease their feelings of isolation. They also check on the individual’s welfare and report any health or other problems noted during their visits.

For more information on congregate meals sites and home-delivered meals, please contact your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA).

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The City of Surprise has partnered with Meals of Joy to deliver meals at no cost to seniors aged 62 and over, as well as individuals 55 and over with a disability. This temporary, federally funded program is designed to help vulnerable residents maintain social distancing due to medical vulnerabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meals of Joy delivers meals that are fresh and ready-to-eat to eligible Surprise residents. Meals include a main dish, a complementing side or vegetables, and a salad, fruit and small dessert. Special dietary restrictions may be accommodated. Each Eligible Participant may have one meal delivered daily Monday – Friday (there may be more than one eligible applicant per address).


  • City of Surprise Resident
  • Individuals 55+ with a disability, or 
  • Senior 62 and over 
  • Each household resident must complete an application

Funding for this program is extremely limited. Applications will be on a first come, first served basis and are available upon request. Eligible residents can receive meal delivery for 30 calendar days, the program may be extended as funding permits.

To request an application, or for questions, please call 623.222.1550 or email