Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke announced May 13 that he is rescinding the proclamation declaring the existence of a local emergency in Chandler issued March 19, 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The announcement comes after the Centers for Disease Control announced May 13 that people who have received both vaccines no longer have to wear masks. Due to that update and vaccinations being widely available, according to a news release from the city, Chandler is no longer functioning in a state of emergency.

On Monday, May 24, 2021, the Senior Center will reopen and resume programming, with social distancing and sanitation measures in place, according to the release.

"I would like to thank our residents and businesses for working with us through the unparalleled challenges of COVID-19 and for coming together to support one another through these times," Hartke said in the release. "I am proud of how this Council has worked together over the past 14 months to protect public health and to ensure our economy continued to thrive. The community and our economy are stronger than we have ever been, and the city is working hard to keep that momentum. I encourage you to continue following CDC guidelines, and please remember and respect that businesses are able to set their own COVID-19 policies."