Gilbert cancels Fourth of July celebration, modifies other operations

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Gilbert has canceled its Fourth of July celebration and modified other operations in light of Gov. Doug Ducey's executive order pausing the state's reopening. (Courtesy town of Gilbert)

Gilbert has canceled its Fourth of July celebration and modified other operations in light of Gov. Doug Ducey's executive order pausing the state's reopening. (Courtesy town of Gilbert)

The Gilbert Parks and Recreation Department has canceled its Fourth of July celebration and announced modifications to parks and pools operations in light of Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order June 29 pausing openings and large gatherings.

The Fourth of July cancellation was made to comply with the executive order as it relates to gatherings of more than 50 people.

The other changes will last through July 27 when the governor’s order expires but could be extended as needed.

Public meetings will return to virtual-only attendance with participation permitted through email and other technological means the town has identified.

Freestone Recreation Center, McQueen Park Activity Center and Gilbert Community Center are closed to all but participants in registered activities.

Tournaments at Cactus Yards originally were canceled through July 27, but now the town says they are allowed with limited patrons so that physical distancing can be practiced. The facility is open for participants in registered activities. People also can use park amenities if following physical distancing protocols.

Gilbert pools are reduced to 25% capacity, but registered activities will continue with the physical distancing modifications that had previously been put in place.

Facility rentals will continue with physical distancing and capacity protocols in place. The maximum capacity for any group, indoor or outdoor, including events, games or practices, is 50 people.

The town noted that the executive order allows for free speech and religion activities to continue as long as physical distancing is observed to the extent possible.
By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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