The City of Fullerton has canceled and/or postponed several large and small public gatherings effective immediately following the release of guidelines from the California Department of Public Health aimed at slowing the transmission of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
The state recommendations include postponing or canceling large gatherings of 250 people or more, postponing or canceling smaller gatherings in venues that do not allow social distancing, and limiting gatherings of high-risk individuals to no more than 10 people, through the month of April unless otherwise directed by State Department guidelines.
Please visit www.cityoffullerton.com/coronavirus to stay up-to-date on the latest news and recommendations regarding COVID-19.
Based on these recommendations:
- Canceled Large Events: City will postpone or cancel several upcoming, City-sponsored community events where 250 people or more were expected to attend. This includes the opening reception of the Golden Legacy exhibit on March 14th at the Fullerton Museum, Thursday Farmers Markets in Downtown Fullerton until April 30th, the State of the City event for April 16th, We Are Fullerton on April 18th, Kids Fishing Derby Day on April 4th, and Love Fullerton on April 25th.
- Senior Services and Programs: to reduce potential exposure among high-risk individuals as described and recommended by the California Department of Public Health guidelines, senior services in the Community Center are closed until April 30th. All senior services and programs are canceled with the exception of those considered vital until April 30th:
- Meals on Wheels will be on a pick-up base only, no congregating will be allowed. Alternative meal options will be announced a future date.
- Senior tax services will continue on an appointment only basis.
- City Facilities: City Hall will remain open at this time. The Fullerton Museum Center will remain closed to the public effective immediately until April 30th. Some events, services and meetings may be canceled or postponed if the space does not allow participants to practice social distancing. Please see the attached list of events for more detailed information on cancelations and postponements.
- Facility Rentals: Private events scheduled at indoor and outdoor City facilities (such as weddings, memorials, church services and sports leagues) will continue at the discretion of the organizers. The City will continue to work with organizations based on potential changes to the State Departments guidelines.
- After School Programming: At this time, ASES programming will continue to run, pending any further school district guidance. Other after school programs taking place at Gilbert and Garnet are canceled until April 30th. Spring Break camps scheduled for March 23rd to the 28th at Hillcrest, Gilbert and Garnet are canceled.
- Indoor Recreation: All indoor recreation classes are canceled until April 30th. Shower rooms and lockers are closed until further notice.
- Organized Outdoor Sports: We encourage outdoor recreation groups that utilize City fields and facilities to adhere to the State Department’s guidelines of social distancing.
- Library Services: The Fullerton Public Library will remain open for the circulation of library materials only, no congregating will be allowed. Passport services will remain open. All programming has been canceled and computer lab access is closed until April 30th.
- City Council, Commission and Committee Meetings: City Council meetings will take place as scheduled. Some commission and committee meetings are canceled. Notices will be sent advising of which meetings are canceled. Meetings that are not canceled will be run using the State Department’s social distancing standard of six-feet. An alternative to in-person public comments is available. Please submit any comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we recognize the impact that these steps will have on many of our residents, our first priority is the safety and health of our community. We are following the California Department of Public Health guidelines, to help slow the transmission of COVID-19.
In addition to limiting public gatherings, the City is taking additional steps at its facilities to reduce transmission of the virus:
- Sanitation and Cleaning: Cleaning crews at City facilities and Parks are using heavy-duty disinfectant in areas with high levels of public contact, such as front counters. Janitorial staff is also taking measures to ensure that points of frequent contact, such as door knobs, restroom push plates, and elevator call buttons, are being disinfected on a regular basis.
- Following CDC and State Department of Public Health Guidelines: Wherever possible, the City will encourage social distancing, such as rearranging furniture in public waiting areas to allow more space between visitors.
City officials are in close contact with public health officials at St. Jude Medical, the Orange County Health Care Agency, the California Department of Public Health, surrounding public safety officials and will continue to adjust practices as federal, state, and county official guidelines are updated in the coming days and weeks.