Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels told residents June 10 to be vigilant against the spread of coronavirus and invited community members to the town’s “listening spaces” forums to speak about racial injustice in the town.

Daniels’ comments came in her weekly video message to residents. The June 10 message was her longest at 4 minutes, 43 seconds, most of it devoted to the spike in positive COVID-19 cases in the state.

“I know [wearing a mask] has become somewhat of a political statement,” Daniels said. That’s unfortunate, and I am not weighing in one way or the other whether it is or it isn’t, but if you would like to wear a mask, the science is indicating it is something that can help you and especially help those who are vulnerable.”

Daniels noted that county Public Health Director Marcy Flanagan said people are going to have to create a new normal until there is a vaccine. Daniels said that new normal will include hand washing, sanitation and getting proper health care when sick.

Listening spaces

Daniels invited community members to take advantage of the “listening space” forums the town is putting on June 11, 16 and 18 to talk about issues of race, including with Gilbert Police Department members.

“I’m excited to meet with many of our residents in Gilbert,” she said.

Community members can sign up for 25-minute time slots to share their stories and experiences at

The forums will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Gilbert Community Center, 130 N. Oak St., Gilbert. Walkup traffic cannot be accommodated because of the pandemic. Daniels said the town hopes to accommodate virtual meetings soon.