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City of Peoria Postpones Events due to COVID-19 Outbreak
PEORIA, Ariz. (March 13, 2020) – After careful consideration, the city of Peoria will postpone city events, programs and sports leagues into the month of April, in compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance about large gatherings and the benefits of social distancing in minimizing community spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). These postponements are effective Monday, March 16, 2020.
“Public safety is the City of Peoria’s number one priority,” said Mayor Cathy Carlat. “As we continue to understand the impact of COVID-19, limiting community engagement is intended to support slowing the spread of this virus. I want to ensure Peoria residents that our core services, including police, fire-medical, water, solid waste, etc. will continue without interruption.”
Peoria will continue to work closely with its partner agencies, including the Maricopa County Department of Public Health and the Arizona Department of Health Services, to determine the best steps as the situation evolves. In an attempt to reduce exposure and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, all Peoria events and youth and adult sports leagues will be suspended, postponed or cancelled per the following:
- Peoria Community Center: The Peoria Community Center will remain open; however, all active adult and adaptive programs will be suspended until April 12. Small private group meetings with less than eight people can continue. The Community Center hours will be adjusted to 8 am to 6 pm during this time. The Resource Center will continue to operate and accept appointments.
- Peoria Public Libraries: All city classes and programs at the Peoria Main and Sunrise Mountain Libraries will be suspended until April 12. However, the libraries will remain open during normal business hours.
- Special Events: All city special event programs will be cancelled until April 12. This will include Second Saturdays, Parkfests, the Peoria Arts and Cultural Festival, Shakespeare in the Park and the Dolly Sanchez Memorial Easter Egg Hunt. A list of canceled events will be posted at www.peoriaaz.gov/specialevents.
- City Parks: All city parks will remain open; however, ramada reservations will be limited to 20 or less people through April 12.
- Rio Vista Recreation Center: The Rio Vista Recreation Center will remain open; however, all city special interest classes and programs will be cancelled through April 12. Gym activities (e.g., work out equipment, basketball courts, etc.) will still continue.
- Peoria Center for the Performing Arts: All public programming will be suspended until March 27, whereupon it will be re-assessed. This includes all city functions at the venue such as the Music Series and those produced by TheaterWorks. Classes and rehearsals less than 30 people may continue. TheaterWorks will continue their normal operating hours (Box Office and General Office).
- Youth and Adult Sports Leagues: All city youth and adult sports practices and league games will be suspended until April 4.
The city of Peoria will continue to follow all health and safety protocols currently in place as well as maintain focus on cleaning high traffic, commonly handled surfaces at public facilities.
Also, the CDC recommends that individuals avoid close contact with sick individuals, wash their hands frequently, avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth, and use a disposable tissue for coughing or sneezing. In addition, any staff or patrons who are feeling ill or showing symptoms of the virus should stay home and contact a healthcare provider. For more information about COVID-19 or tips on how to stay healthy, visit the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
As this situation progresses, the city will continue to evaluate upcoming events, programs and policies and will share the information with the public on www.peoriaaz.gov as well as its social media pages.