PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Tempe and Desert Ridge marketplaces will be the first Phoenix-area businesses to re-hang holiday lights during the coronavirus pandemic. The lights will be on starting tonight. "While we all move to take precautionary measures against the spread of the disease, Tempe Marketplace and Desert Ridge Marketplace are giving locals a unique reason to leave their homes."
As coronavirus has infected every state in the nation and people are stuck inside their homes in an attempt to prevent it from spreading even more, things are feeling a little bleak.
It started off as a trend in neighborhoods so that people on quarantine could enjoy the lights to get through it. “We noticed homes nationwide reinstalling holiday lights and thought, why not us as well?,” said Emilie Andrews, regional marketing director at Vestar.
If you plan to visit either Tempe Marketplace or Desert Ridge Marketplace, you are encouraged to enjoy the lights from the safety of your car. Remember, Governor Ducey, President Trump, the CDC and the Arizona Department of Health Services are encouraging people to not socialize in crowds of 10 or more people and to practice social distancing in which you are to stay at least 6 feet away from another person.