All city-sponsored community events and private events at city facilities in Irvine will be postponed beginning Friday through the end of April as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Events including Great Park Balloon, Carousel and Farmer’s Market and weddings, memorials, church services and sports leagues at city facilities were postponed following an Irvine City Council emergency meeting on Thursday.
In addition to community events, the city’s three senior centers and the Sweet Shade Ability Center will be closed until further notice, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday. Food delivery and pickup services and the TRIPS program will remain open, the city said.
All recreation classes for adults and indoor and outdoor recreation programs for children, other than after school and spring break programs, are postponed through the end of April, the statement said. Irvine’s city manager was asked to coordinate with school districts to determine ” the best course for handling after school programs, spring break camps, and child care programs for youth,” the city said.
Community centers and the Irvine Animal Care Center would remain open, but events at the Animal Care Center were postponed until further notice.
Council members recommended the public watch city council meetings online. Council committee meetings were postponed until further notice.
“The city of Irvine will complete a ‘spring cleaning’ of all city buildings, beginning March 13,” the statement said. “All people in City Hall will be encouraged to continue using hand sanitizers and other cleaning materials made available in City Hall.”
Beginning March 18, city services will be performed online by city staff or by telephone. No personal meetings will be available at City Hall until further notice.
The Irvine police department will maintain regular operations.
All work-related travel for Irvine city employees was postponed or canceled until further notice, unless it was essential to a city employee’s ability to maintain a license or certification.
“While these preventative measures may cause a temporary inconvenience, we as your City Council and City staff are first and foremost prioritizing the overall health and well-being of our residents, businesses, and visitors,” Irvine Mayor Christina Shea said.
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