ROUNDUP: Gilbert's Chinese sister city donates masks and more area news

Chen Yingli (center) and her staff in Leshan, China's foreign affairs office offered Gilbert a donation of 100 N95 face masks. (Courtesy Gilbert Sister Cities)
Chen Yingli (center) and her staff in Leshan, China's foreign affairs office offered Gilbert a donation of 100 N95 face masks. (Courtesy Gilbert Sister Cities)

Chen Yingli (center) and her staff in Leshan, China's foreign affairs office offered Gilbert a donation of 100 N95 face masks. (Courtesy Gilbert Sister Cities)

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Sister city in China donates facemasks to Gilbert

Gilbert and its sister city of Leshan, China, will not hold a cultural exchange of students this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but that has not weakened the two's ties.

Gilbert’s public safety workers were the beneficiary this week of 100 N95 face masks from Leshan as a result of the Sister Cities International program, a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network that creates partnerships between communities in the United States and those in other countries.

Dragon Wok restaurateur aims for authentic Chinese taste



Sam Szeto already had a background in running a takeout and delivery restaurant. He had run a takeout and delivery-only restaurant from 1990-2004 before selling and taking a year off.

But he did something different when he opened Dragon Wok in Gilbert in 2005.

Some friends asked him what kind of restaurant he would open next.

“I joked with them, ‘Look at me. Do I look Mexican?’” he said. “’I’m Chinese. I’m going to do a Chinese restaurant.’”

May 1 Gilbert update: Governor issues further guidance on retail reopenings

Under Gov. Doug Ducey's extension of the "Stay home, stay healthy, stay connected" directive, retail could begin reopening May 4 for delivery and curbside pickup services and May 8 for limited in-store service.

Gov. Doug Ducey talks reopening businesses in call with business leaders across Arizona

Gov. Doug Ducey got on the phone April 30 with business leaders in Chandler and across Arizona and fielded questions on reopening business in the state for about an hour and half.

The governor, who announced an extension of Arizona's April 29 stay-at-home order through May 15, said when he gets a green light from health officials to open up businesses, "we are going to go."

Tom Blodgett and Alexa D'Angelo contributed to this report.