DC Ranch announces additional closures and cancellations due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

| Mike Gertzman

March 17, 2020

DC Ranch leadership has been closely following events and public health recommendations surrounding the outbreak and spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

There are no known cases of COVID-19 in DC Ranch at this time, but the safety of residents remains our top priority.

Therefore, we are following the recommendations of federal and state public health agencies and taking additional steps to help reduce the risk and slow the spread of the virus.

Please care for yourself and for those around you and continue to adhere to the preventative measures as recommended by public health officials.

Our community is strong, and we look forward to reengaging as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, as official guidelines continue to evolve, please check your email and DCRanch.com/coronavirus for updates.

Closures and cancellations

  • Desert Camp and the Homestead community centers are closed until at least March 31.
    • This includes meeting, fitness and locker rooms, restrooms, swimming pools, playgrounds, basketball, tennis and pickleball courts, splashpad, patio, and veranda. Residents will not have access into the buildings. We are making an effort to complete some community center maintenance and improvement projects during this closure.
  • The cancellation of ALL events, programs and club gatherings has been extended through April. Refunds will be issued.
    • Cancellations include, but are not limited to, Eggstravaganza, all fitness classes, all card clubs, Speakers Series, Grapenuts, Food Truck Night, Reel Deal, Living with the Desert Seminar, Fourth Fridays, Starlight Concert, Desert Affair and Meditation Mondays.
    • For a complete list of cancellations, please visit the DCRanch.com calendar page for March and April.
  • Events through May 10 with more than 50 people are canceled, including The Homestead Playhouse performances.
  • The need to cancel or modify future programming and facility operations will be evaluated on an ongoing basis.
  • The Ranch Offices on Market Street are open with limited staffing. Please call or email with requests for service. Appointments can be scheduled by phone or email if a meeting is necessary.
  • Private event rentals at the community centers are canceled through April.

Parks and Playgrounds
Being outdoors is important for health and wellness. However, playgrounds may not be ideal places to visit right now.

While viruses tend to spread less effectively outdoors, emerging evidence suggests that in a laboratory, COVID-19 can stay on different surfaces for hours to days.

In addition, playgrounds can be places where lots of children and adults congregate, making it hard to keep social distance.

More generally, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises, “Discourage children and teens from gathering in other public places while school is dismissed to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community.”

If it’s possible, consider a walk outside or adventure in nature as alternatives.

Additional guidance

The leadership team is closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)World Health Organization (WHO) and Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) updates regarding COVID-19 and following their recommendations on the appropriate health and safety measures. 

DC Ranch recognizes the seriousness of this situation, and should circumstances change – whether based on a governmental decree or otherwise – we will examine all options necessary for the safety and well-being of residents.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact DC Ranch staff by phone at 480-513-1500 or email at communications.team@dcranchinc.com.