COVID-19

In an effort to get the most up-to-date information online ASAP, we are posting this information as is, while we continue grooming it to develop a format that will be easier to reference. Check back often, as the list is a continuously evolving document. Please let us know if we have missed anything, and we will add it to the list.

We are your neighbors, with deep roots in this community. We know that the Apache Junction & Gold Canyon community can and will pull together to face any crisis and take pride in our ability to support each other until we come out the other side. #WeAreAJ - #WeAreGC

UPDATE - Thursday, 3/19/20: Press Release from Governor Ducey's office activates the National Guard to help stock shelves to meet demand; limits restaurants to take out and delivery only; closes bars, gyms, theaters; and halts all elective surgeries. See the full release HERE.

Grocery Store Hours

Albertsons - Store Operating Hours: 7am - 10pm

Bashas, Food City and AJ's Fine Foods

  • Store Operating Hours: 6am - 9pm
  • Senior Shopping Hours:
    • Customers aged 65 and older - Wednesdays, starting March 18, from 5am - 6am (Bashas’ reservation stores will be open from 6-7am for those 65+)
    • Shoppers will be required to show a valid I.D. at the door.
    • If there is a need for a caretaker, one caretaker is welcome, but will not be allowed to shop for themselves.
    • All purchase limitations will remain in effect

Big Lots

  • Curbside Pickup: "Pull up, give the store a call, and we'll bring out your order."
  • Senior Shopping Hours: Reserving the first hour of the day for senior citizens and those most vulnerable to the virus

Dollar General

  • Store Operating Hours: According to Google the Apache Junction Dollar General is open 8am - 9pm; however, we have not been able to reach the store by phone for confirmation. 
  • Senior Shopping Hours: According to a press release, beginning Tuesday March 17, their first hour of operation will be dedicated to senior shoppers, so we assume 8am-9am is senior shopping time. 

Fry’s Marketplace - Store Operating Hours: Now open 6am to 9pm Dedicated Senior Shopping from 6am to 7am.

Safeway - Store Operating Hours: 6am - 9pm 

Walgreens

  • Store Operating Hours: Apache Junction - 9am-9pm and Gold Canyon - 9am-8pm, Monday-Friday and 9am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday

Walmart

  • Store Operating Hours:
    • Walmart U.S. stores will adjust operating hours to 7am to 8:30pm
    • Stores that open later than 7am will continue their regular starting hours
    • “Our associates will continue to have access to their regular scheduled shifts and full hours”
  • Senior Shopping Hours: Customers aged 60 and older - Tuesdays from March 24 - April 28, starting one hour before the store opens. For most stores, this will be 6am-7am (see above). Our Pharmacies and Vision Centers will also be open during this time.
  • Item Limitations: Our stores will have limits for customers in certain categories including paper products, milk, eggs, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, water, diapers, wipes, formula and baby food.
  • Essential Services:
    • Temporarily shutting down our Auto Care Centers to allow those associates to focus on stocking and cleaning in the rest of the store.
    • Vision Centers will operate on their normal schedule, providing essential services only such as glasses repair and helping customers pick up existing orders. We will have at least one associate to serve the needs of our Vision Care customers, while the other associates will help in the rest of the store.

Assistance with Food & Supplies 

  • The Superstition Food Bank - Will remain open during normal business hours until further notice, Monday through Friday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. If food supplies are needed, please go during business hours and bring a current ID and a current piece of mail with address.

School Closures

All schools are closed, statewide, until at least April 10. *Governor Ducey also recommended a statewide cancellation or postponement on ALL EVENTS and gatherings of 10 people or more.

Meals for Minors

  • Imagine East Mesa, 9701 E. Southern Ave.
    • Free breakfast and lunch for any child/student 18 years old and younger, 9:00am - 12:30pm, Monday-Friday
    • Child(ren) must be present to receive the meal
    • Child(ren) do not need to be students at that school to receive a meal
    • Staff will be present outside the building to distribute the bagged meals; you do not have to exit your car
  • Imagine Prep has added "Meals on Wheels" to make access easier for families within the communities they serve. 
    • A few of the schools buses will stop at assigned locations along their typical route; for locations, times and additional information, click HERE
    • Free breakfast and lunch for any child/student 18 years old and younger
    • Child(ren) must be present to receive the meal
    • Child(ren) do not need to be students at that school to receive a meal
  • AJUSD: Beginning Monday, March 30, curbside food service will be WEEKLY, on Mondays at TWO LOCATIONS
    • AJHS will distribute food sacks from 10:00am to 11:30am; enter through the north parking lot, just east of Ironwood on Southern
    • FPES service will be 10:30 a.m. to noon; participants are asked to pull up to the student drop off driveway to receive their items
    • Each sack will include a week’s worth of frozen items that can be prepared at home
    • Child(ren) must be present to receive the meal
    • Child(ren) do not need to be students in AJUSD to receive a meal
    • Staff will be present outside the building to distribute the bagged meals; you do not have to exit your car
  • Boys & Girls Club, 1755 N. Idaho Rd.
    • Starting Monday, 03/23, Boys & Girls Club will be open from 7am to 6pm, including meals, supporting families impacted by the school closures
    • See “Childcare Support” section for additional details
  • Subslingers, 124 South Ironwood Drive Ste 8, Apache Junction
    • Offering free lunch (limited menu) to any student or elderly person who may need help at this time
    • M-F, 11am - 2pm.
    • Parent must be present with student
    • Take-out only

Childcare Support for Parents Who Cannot Telecommute

  • Boys & Girls Club, 1755 N. Idaho Rd.
    • Starting Monday, 03/23, Boys & Girls Club will be open from 7am to 6pm, Monday-Friday
    • Clubs are available to current members and open to new members with priority being given to healthcare and essential employees. Space is limited based on each location's capacity.
    • If your child(ren) shows any symptoms or falls into CDC criteria of high risk, keep them home. Additionally, if you can keep your child(ren) at home due to the ability to take time off or employer who allows you to telecommute, please do so.
    • We are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to operate as long as we are able to provide a safe environment for young people.
    • For more information please call the Club at 480-982-6381 or visit www.bgcmp.org/updates

Meals for Senior Residents

  • City of Apache Junction, Multi-Generational Center
    • In-house Senior programs are suspended, including meals
    • Senior meals ARE available via drive-through or delivery
    • For more information on the Senior programs, please call 480-983-2181
  • Subslingers, 124 South Ironwood Drive Ste 8, Apache Junction 
    • Offering free lunch (limited menu) to any student or elderly person who may need help at this time
    • M-F, 11am - 2pm. 
    • Parent must be present with student
    • Take-out only

Local Restaurants w/Take Out, Delivery or Curbside Service

This list will be continually updated; If you’re a restaurant that would like to be added to this list please email trish@ajnews.com.

  • Dirtwater Springs – Delivery available 11am -7pm, 7 days a week: 480-983-3478
  • Filibertos - Open for to go orders and drive through only (Signal Butte and Main)
  • Gold Canyon Cafe - 480-983-1933
    • Open  Monday thru Friday 6am to 8pm, Saturday & Sunday 6am to 2pm
    • Curbside pickup and delivery to Gold Canyon only
  • Gold Stallion - 480-935-1998
    • Offering delivery and curbside pickup
  • Hacker’s Grill – 6am - 2pm: 480-671-9933
  • The Handlebar Pub and Grill – Open 11am: 480-982-2091
  • Little Ceasars – 10am -10pm
    • You can download the app or order online at www.littleceasars.com
    • Delivery fee has been waived for orders $10 or more until March 29
    • Order online for pick up and your pizza will be placed in the pizza portal. When your order is ready, you will be notified with a code, walk in, enter your code, pick up your order and leave. ‘No contact delivery please!’
  • Momo Bowl - 480-983-0707
    • Open for delivery or take out 
    • 725 Apache Trail #27, Apache Junction 
  • Rosati's Gold Canyon - 480-983-7400
  • Rube’s Café – 11am - 5pm: 480-982-0553
    • Dine in, curbside and delivery still available, 20 seats; each sterilized after every use
    • Waiving all delivery charges on any order that is called in
    • "We want to do this at Rube's Cafe as a service to our community and the hardship that everyone is suffering at this very trying time."
  • Subslingers, 124 South Ironwood Drive Ste 8, Apache Junction 
    • Take-0ut or delivery only
    • Also available through Postmates or UberEats
    • Dining area closed
    • M-F, 11am - 2pm
  • Subway - Free delivery "through all providers applicable to your market" - use promo code: SUBWAYNOW to waive all delivery fees
  • WaffleOn Inn – 480-983-5861
    • Monday to Saturday 7am to 2pm
    • FB statement, “We are still open! If anything should change, we will be posting here and a note on the door."
    • Encouraging take out/curb side
    • View our menu: www.waffleoninn.com
    • 6822 S Kings Ranch Rd #5
  • Wahoo's -Closed as of March 21 until further notice

Utility Companies

  • Salt River Project (SRP): “Given the magnitude of this unprecedented event, we are suspending power shutoffs for non-payment and will waive all late payment fees,” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Apache Junction Water
    • Customers are encouraged to use the online method to pay their water bill, send a payment by U.S. mail or use the dropboxes located at 300 E. Superstition Blvd. and 575 E. Baseline Ave
    • The water district also put in place a temporary moratorium on water service disconnections during the pandemic
  • Arizona Water Company
    • Local offices closed to non-employees, including our customers and the general public
    • All service disconnections and late fees for residential customers have been suspended

Government Services

  • Apache Junction City Offices
    • Encouraging the public to conduct city business online or by phone
    • “Public counters” will be limited to appointment-only or brief drop-off/pick-up business as needed
    • Citizens are asked to call ahead if needing city services from these areas before visiting city hall: Mayor and Council offices, City Manager, Economic Development, Finance, Communications, City Clerk, City Attorney, Development Services, Public Works, Human Resources and the Water District
    • Remaining Open: Police Department and Municipal Court lobbies and Apache Junction Paws and Claws Care Center
  • Apache Junction Library
    • Closed, indefinitely, beginning Wednesday, 3/18.
    • According to Spencer Paden, Library Director, "We will continue with our efforts to provide programs via the Internet and other means."
    • Drive-up window is open for HOLD pick-up: call 480-474-8555
  • Apache Junction City Council
    • Meetings will go on as scheduled; however, members of the public are encouraged to view the meetings online
    • Follow ajcity.net for updates
  • Apache Junction Visitor Center
    • Closed until further notice, due to the health and safety concerns of our visitors, volunteers and staff
    • Chamber Offices remain open for business, however, we are working with our members via telephone and through email and social media communication
    • We will continue to keep you informed on the most recent developments as they are made available to us
  • Arizona Department of Corrections - Effective March 13, 2020 suspended visitation at all state prison complexes for 30 days
  • Federal Income Tax - IRS deadline for tax filing has been extended to July 15, 2020
  • Social Security Offices
  • Superstition Fire & Medical District - released a short statement on their Facebook page saying, “In an effort to protect our Firefighters, Paramedics and EMTs, we ask that, if you call 911 for any reason, please, let the 911 call taker know if you have any flu-like symptoms.”
  • Superstition Mountain Community Facilities District (sewer district): administrative office closed

Business Closures/Changes to Service

  • Americas Best Contact and Eyeglasses:See FAQs page for more info
  • Cato Fashions:closed through April 1
  • Pinal County Federal Credit Union:
    • Branch lobbies are temporarily closed until further notice; Branches will be limited to drive-thru, ATM and appointment only
    • Revised Call Center & Drive-thru hours: Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 5:00pm; Friday: 8:30am - 6:00pm
    • Saturday Hours available in San Tan Valley, Casa Grande and Coolidge locations: Saturday: 9:00am - 2:00pm
    • For additional information please click here
  • Superstition Mountain Museum
    • All events scheduled between March 19 and April 15 canceled EXCEPT for Desert Safety & Survival Class on March 28 (outdoor event)
    • Navajo Weaving class rescheduled for April 25 & 26

Events Cancelled/Rescheduled

On Sunday, March 15, Gov. Ducey recommended that all events with 50 or more people should be canceled. This includes conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings and other types of assemblies. Check back often, as this list is being continuously update:

  • Anthem Days - Canceled
  • Apache Gold Casino Resort and Apache Sky Casino closed through April 3
  • Apache Junction BBQ Showdown (April 24) - Canceled
  • Arab American Festival - Postponed
  • Arizona Aloha Festival - Canceled
  • Arizona Bao and Dumpling Festival - Postponed
  • Arizona Game Fair - Rescheduled
  • Arizona Lecture Series, AJHS Performing Arts Center (March 16 and 23) - Canceled
  • ASU Footall Pro Day Activities - Rescheduled
  • ASU Sun Devil Athletics - Canceled
  • Celine Dion Courage World Tour - Rescheduled
  • Chamber of Commerce March Mixer (March 19) - Canceled
  • Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting (March 19) - Rescheduled
  • Chamber of Commerce Blues, Brews & Arts Festival (March 21) - Rescheduled to October 11, 2020
  • Chamber of Commerce, Leads Group Meetings (through March) - Canceled
  • Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival - Rescheduled
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - Has suspended all public services and events worldwide, including Stake conferences, leadership conferences; public worship services, including sacrament meetings; branch, ward and stake activities.
  • Cirque Du Soliel's Axel - Canceled
  • Crayola Experience in Chandler - Closed for two weeks
  • Crescent Ballroom & Valley Barn - Shows postponed
  • Disney On Ice's Celebrate Memories - Canceled
  • Fountain Hills Irish Fountain Fest - Canceled
  • Gilbert Pizza Festival - Rescheduled
  • Gold Canyon Arts Council, Jeri Sager in "This Broad's Way" (March 27) - Canceled
  • Goodguys 11th Spring Nationals at WestWorld - Canceled
  • Goodyear Lakeside Music Fest - Canceled
  • Havasupai Falls - Visits suspended until April 14
  • Italian Festival of Arizona - Rescheduled for October 17 & 18, 2020
  • Itty Bitty Olympics, City of Apache Junction (March 28) - Canceled
  • Klezmer Fest - Reschedule
  • Luke Days - Canceled
  • Medieval Times - Temporarily closed
  • Mesa Arts Center, i.d.e.a. Museum, Arizona Museum of Natural History, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum - Temporarily closed.
  • Musical Instrument Museum - Concerts, public events, tours, and school fields trips would be canceled. Some galleries still open, call for details.
  • My Nana's Best Tasting Salsa Challenge - Postponed
  • Nirvana Food & Wine Festival - Rescheduled
  • Pat's Run - Canceled
  • Phoenix Blues, Brews, and BBQ Festival - Postponed
  • Phoenix Business Journal Events - Rescheduled
  • Phoenix libraries and recreation centers - Temporarily closed
  • Phoenix Lights Fest - Rescheduled
  • Pride Run Phoenix - Canceled
  • Phoenix Symphony - All performances taking place at Symphony Hall during the remainder of March will be canceled.
  • Rage Against the Machine - Rescheduled
  • Renaissance Festival - Closed two weeks early, all remaining dates are canceled.
    • Online pre-sold tickets General Admission and tickets to the Pleasure Feast will be automatically refunded through our ticket company Big Tickets(1-3 weeks processing).
    • FRY'S Discount Tickets: please send the tickets to us in a self-addressed, stamped envelope: AZ REN FEST TICS 12601 East US Hwy 60 Gold Canyon, AZ 85118 (2-4 weeks processing).
  • SALT, Gold Canyon Meeting (March 23) - Rescheduled
  • SALT Speaker Series, Multi-Gen Center AJ - Rescheduled
  • Scottsdale Arts Fest - Canceled
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix - Suspended until end of March
  • Star Parties, Superstition Mountain Astronomical League (March 28, April 25, May 23) - Canceled
  • St. Patrick's Day Parade and Faire - Parade is postponed until further notice and Faire is canceled.
  • Superstition Mountain Horsemen's Assoc. 40th Anniversary (March 18) - Postponed
  • Superstition Sleepover, City of Apache Junction (March 21-22) - Canceled
  • TAD Management
    • All concerts postponed; we hope to have all concerts rescheduled with new dates by April 10th
    • If you have a ticket to a performance during that timeframe, your ticket will be automatically released, and a credit will go onto your account
    • This credit will never expire and can be applied towards future reservations for any TAD Concert
    • THERE IS NO NEED TO CALL THE BOX OFFICE, THIS WILL BE DONE AUTOMATICALLY
    • Please go to https://tadmgmt.com/concert-updates for a complete list of cancelled concerts
  • Tovrea Castle - Tours postponed
  • Turf Paradise Season - Ended early
  • Ufest 2020 - Rescheduled
  • VFW #7968: closed
  • VFW #9399:
    • Canteen closed / Events postponed
    • "Our Service Office will continue to see Veterans in need each Wed. from 8:30 to 11:am. Please come to east door (back parking lot). We will be following the 6 ft distance and only allowing the people in who are needing assistance and 1 family member with them. We are not open for business during this time."

Website Resources -

Apache Junction Unified School District

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

City of Apache Junction

Pinal County Health Department

Sonora Quest Laboratories (Offering testing with doctor referral)

What is the coronavirus?

In general, coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illnesses such as the common cold, to more serious diseases like the SARS virus of 2003. On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the most recent coronavirus strain has been named COVID-19 (CO = corona, VI = virus, D = disease, 19 = 2019, the year it started).

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The most common COVID-19 symptoms listed on WHO's website are fever, coughing, and tiredness for mild cases. They also state, “Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea.” 

How serious is COVID-19?

While the full extent of the severity is unknown at this time, the facts we currently have are that 1 out of every 6 people who are infected with the virus become seriously ill. However, about 80% of infected people recover without ever needing special treatments.

How is COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 is spread mainly by being in close contact with someone that has been infected. According to WHO, “The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person.” It is also possible to breathe in those droplets if you are in close proximity to an infected person, which is why WHO also recommends staying at least 3 feet away from those who are sick.

Who is most at risk?

Both the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and WHO have stated that those who are older and have underlying illnesses such as heart disease or lung disease, are more at risk than the average person.

What preventative measures should be taken?

The best preventative measures are washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. It is also recommended to avoid large crowds and unnecessary flights, avoid close contact with those who are sick, and most importantly, stay home if you are sick. Here at The News we understand the importance of having current and accurate information available to the public. We will keep this page as up to date as possible with local news, state news, resources for information, and more about COVID-19 (coronavirus). Check back for updates.

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