City of Glendale Cancels Events, Closes Senior Centers and Pool to Ensure Health and Safety of Community

Post Date:03/12/2020 5:51 PM

Media Contact:
Eliza Papazian, Public Information Officer
818-548-4859 (direct)
epapazian@glendaleca.gov

 

City of Glendale Cancels Events, Closes Senior Centers and Pool to Ensure Health and Safety of Community

 

Glendale, CA – The health and safety of the Glendale community will always be our top priority, and we continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely. Although the risk of getting the coronavirus disease in our area remains low, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently shared that the coronavirus almost certainly will continue spreading in communities in the United States, and Americans should begin preparations now. As such, the City of Glendale is doing its part by cancelling all of its City-sponsored events and activities through the end of March regardless of size, cancelling private events being held at City facilities with 50 or more participants through the end of March, suspending the City’s Adult Softball/Basketball Leagues, as well as closing senior centers and the Pacific Park Pool for the foreseeable future. The meal distribution plan for the congregate meals programs will not be affected.

The present situation with COVID-19 is unprecedented, and the decision to cancel events and close facilities is consistent with what is emerging as “best practice” and the State’s directives. Glendale’s strategy is to limit the opportunity for people to come into contact with one another so as to limit the extent to which the COVID-19 virus can spread. 

As of March 12, 2020, spring camps will continue as scheduled, however, please keep in mind that this may change at any time.

 
There are currently no reported cases of COVID-19 in Glendale. Per the latest information from local, state, and federal public health officials, the risk of contracting the virus remains low. There are steps individuals can take to help minimize and prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

These include:

  • Getting your flu vaccination – it’s not too late!
  • Staying home if you are sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough;
  • Regularly washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available;
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with your sleeve or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Contact your primary care physician if symptoms develop;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Limiting close contact with people who are sick;
  • Cleaning surfaces that are touched often;
  • Having an ample supply of essentials at home (including water, food, hygiene, medications, and pet food);
  • Planning for the possibility of business disruptions, school closures, and modifications/cancellations of select public events;
  • Practicing simple social distancing strategies that limit your exposure to others who may be ill (verbal salutations in place of handshakes and hugs, not sharing utensils, cups and linens, staying six feet apart from others at public events);
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional

City staff will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions on either postponement and or cancellations as necessary. For more information about coronavirus updates in Glendale please visit: www.Glendaleca.gov/coronavirus

 

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