City of Glendale to Alter Operations to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

For Immediate Release

Post Date:03/13/2020

Media Contact:
Eliza Papazian, Public Information Officer
818-548-4859 (direct)


City of Glendale to Alter Operations to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Glendale, CA – To help protect the health and safety of people in the community, the City of Glendale is taking proactive steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures will not impact critical services such as water, power, police, fire, emergency operations, waste and recycling collection; however, some city functions may be modified.   

Beginning Saturday, March 14th, at least through the end of March, please be advised of the following:

  • All permitted events expecting 50 or more participants will be cancelled.
  • All City-sponsored events regardless of size will be cancelled.
  • City Hall, Municipal Services Building, and Perkins (GWP) Building will be closed to the public. Permit and Housing services in those buildings will be provided by appointment only. The Verdugo Jobs Center will provide services by appointment only which can be made by calling 818-409-0476. To pay utility bills, residents and businesses are encouraged to take advantage of our various payment methods:
    • Online at
    •  GWP Mobile My Connect App – Customers must download the phone app from the app store. 
    • Pay Near Me at 7-Eleven
    • Direct Payment Option- Automatic payment withdrawal from customer checking account.
    • Pay by Phone – Through our automated system at (855)550-4497
    • Pay by Mail -  Mail in payments to City of Glendale, PO Bo 29099, Glendale, CA  91209
    • 2 Drop Boxes- Payments may be dropped off at the main entrance at 141 N. Glendale Ave, and at the end of the driveway from Wilson
  • All parks facilities will be closed and facility recreation events will be cancelled. Parks will remain open for general use. Closed facilities include Pacific Park Community Center and Pool, Maple Park Community Center, Adult Recreation Center, Sparr Heights Community Center, Civic Auditorium, and Glendale Sports Complex. The meal distribution plan for the congregate meals programs will not be affected.
  • All City library facilities will be closed. The City encourages residents to take advantage of online resources.
  • Some Board and Commission meetings will be cancelled, so please check the city’s meeting agendas page for the most up-to-date information.
  • City Council meetings will take place as scheduled; however, we do encourage the public to take advantage of watching the live streamed meetings. These meetings may also be cancelled or modified should the need arise.

The City will waive its cancellation policies during this time for anyone who has a group or event permit.

While we understand the City’s response to slowing the spread of COVID-19 may cause some frustration, our commitment to keeping the public and our employees safe, while still delivering City services is our highest priority.

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

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 





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