The coronavirus has upended our lives and, to varying degrees heightened our fear. Perhaps most disturbing, it has brought upon us a sense of looming danger, almost to the point that the anticipation wounds more than the virus itself.

For many, there is a feeling of helplessness brought on by our lack of control over the pandemic. “One of the ironies of times like these is that you can calm your fears by helping someone else control theirs,” said writer Barry Davret. In fact, that is what local government employees do and have always done. Whether it be widespread flooding, fire, drought, recession, moments of uncertainty, we, your local government employees, have been on the front line and have ushered the community through the moment of crisis. While our physical doors may close, our virtual doors will open. While exercising sound virus containment practices, we remain ready, willing and able. We know there are varying opinions regarding what should and should not be done. We seek to balance the reality of the situation with the reality of human need.

So allow me to share a few thoughts:

  1. Perform tiny acts of random normalcy. “Think about the kinds of small and random, but meaningful actions that will provide a respite from the outside world,” Davret wrote.
  2. Perform tiny acts of kindness for your family and others.
  3. Take the time to create and share a backup plan. Hope for the best, expect the best, but plan for the what ifs.
  4. Continue to follow the recommendations provided by the CDC and Arizona Department of Health Services. The City of Maricopa website will provide you the most up to date and accurate information available. We will re-evaluate our status routinely and alert the public of any changes.

To the community, we thank you for your many acts of kindness, your willingness to exhibit strength and courage, patience and understanding. In the coming days or hours, should it become necessary, the City will roll out additional modifications as we take on this virus. We will win. No matter what the process, we will take care of our Maricopa Family. So on behalf of the Mayor, City Council and City Staff, we pray for your safety and stand ready to stand by you as you stand by our community.

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