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Arcadia Announces Facility Closures

In response to additional guidance received by the federal, state, and local public health officials, the City of Arcadia is closing the Arcadia Community Center and the Arcadia Public Library to the public and non-essential personnel beginning Friday, March 13, 2020. At this time, the closures will remain in effect until April 30, 2020. This follows the City’s decision on March 9, 2020, to suspend City-sponsored events with an expected attendance of over 100 persons and a high attendance of senior citizens.

As a result of the facility closures, the following programs and events at the Community Center and Library have been suspended:

  • All recreation classes, including youth, teen, adult, and senior programs, classes, and activities
  • All programmed sports usage including youth and adult basketball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, etc.
  • All programs and events at the Arcadia Public Library
  • All programs and events at the Gilb Museum of Arcadia Heritage
  • All facility rentals at the Community Center and Museum Education Center
  • Dana Gym, Wilderness Park, and Field Allocations are closed

After School Programs Update: The afterschool program held at Arcadia Unified School District sites are still currently operating, however, Spring Camp has been cancelled.

Registrants for classes and programs will be reimbursed for any fee based activity suspended or cancelled.

Current evidence indicates that the risk of severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age and individuals with underlying medical conditions are also considered to be at higher risk for severe illness. Close contact, anything less than 6 feet, is considered to be within the transmission zone. Large community events and facilities bring people from multiple communities in close contact with each other and have the potential to increase community spread of COVID-19. One method to slow the transmission of the disease is by increasing social distancing (reducing close contact). Public facilities, like the Community Center and Library, are gathering points during operating hours and are attended by over 100 persons per day, including vulnerable populations, and a safe level of separation cannot be assumed.

There are currently no reported cases of COVID-19 in Arcadia.

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: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching face (eyes, nose, and mouth) with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

 Anyone who was recently in an area that is currently experiencing a high infection rate of COVID-19 and feels sick with a fever, cough, or has difficulty breathing within 14 days after leaving should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before going to a doctor's office or emergency room, patients should call ahead and tell them about their recent travel and symptoms.
  • Self-quarantine and avoid contact with others.
  • Not travel while sick.
  • Cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or their sleeve (not their hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

For more information regarding the COVID-19, please visit any of the following websites:

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health – publichealth.lacounty.gov
California Department of Public Health – cdph.gov
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – cdc.gov

For more information regarding the City of Arcadia’s response to COVID-19 along with future updates regarding City events and services, please visit us at ArcadiaCA.gov or contact us at (626) 574-5401. The City website also now includes a page dedicated to COVID-19.

Published: June 23, 2020