The City of Santa Ana took further action today to address the growing threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus), closing all libraries, community centers, recreation facilities and the Santa Ana Zoo and canceling related programs and services, City Manager Kristine Ridge announced.
The City additionally is expanding upon its decision last week to cancel City-sponsored events of 250 or more people to now include gatherings of 50 or more indefinitely, in accordance with new guidance announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. City Manager Ridge also is restricting the ability of outside groups to obtain permits for hosting gatherings in excess of 50 or more attendees. Restrictions are also in place for general public access to police and fire facilities.
The City previously closed the Santa Ana Senior Center and canceled adult recreation classes in order to protect those most at risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Those who rely on the senior meals program will be able to pick up frozen to-go meals. In addition, the City implemented enhanced cleaning measures at all City facilities.
“I am in communication with the governor and other California mayors to ensure that we have a coordinated effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Mayor Miguel Pulido said. “The measures we have put in place in Santa Ana will help protect the public health while we continue to provide essential services to the community.”
On Tuesday, March 17, the City Council will meet in closed session to discuss public safety impacts related to COVID-19. During the Council’s open meeting, they will consider other possible actions, including Declaration of an Emergency, which may further expand closure of non-essential services and actions to alleviate financial hardships for our community due to business interruptions.
Details about City services impacted by the closures and cancelations are below.
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
The Santa Ana City Council will meet on Tuesday, March 17, but the City is encouraging the public to watch the meeting on television or online instead of attending in person. The meetings are broadcast live on Spectrum TV Channel 3 and AT&T U-verse Channel 99 and livestreamed at www.santa-ana.org/cc/city-meetings. Members of the public who wish to comment on matters before the council, instead of doing so in person, may submit comments by emailing email@example.com. The comments will be provided to the City Council as part of the meeting record and will be uploaded to the City’s website.
SANTA ANA SENIOR CENTER
The Santa Ana Senior Center is closed and adult recreation classes have been canceled. Beginning on Tuesday, March 17, seniors will be able to pick up frozen to-go meals at the Senior Center provided by Meals on Wheels. The Senior Center is located at 424 W. 3rd St. and can be reached at (714) 647-6540.
All community centers, recreation centers and sports facilities have been closed, and all classes and activities have been canceled. Existing field reservations at City facilities will be honored, but the City is requesting that organizers cancel their activities. For more information, call the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Agency at (714) 571-4224. The closed locations include:
The Main Library and the Newhope Library have been closed and all programs and classes have been canceled. For information, call the Main Library at (714) 647- 5250. For digital books and other eLibrary services, go to www.santa-ana.org/library/elibrary.
The Santa Ana Police Department front lobby, Santa Ana Family Justice Center and the Santa Ana Jail front lobby will be closed until further notice.
The Orange County Fire Authority, which provides fire and emergency services to Santa Ana, announced that it has closed all fire stations to the public for non-emergency matters. The fire stations are still staffed and available for all emergency needs.