City of Monrovia Closes Non-Essential City Facilities

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As announced on Friday, the City of Monrovia has temporarily closed certain public facilities to reduce the risk and potential exposure to COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus disease, under guidance received by local, state and federal officials. Certain public facilities will be closed until Tuesday, March 31, which may be extended further if deemed necessary. 

City facilities which will be temporarily closed include:

  • Monrovia Community Center.
  • Monrovia Public Library.
  • Monrovia Canyon Park.
  • Hillside Wilderness Preserve.

As a result of these temporary closures, the following programs and services will be suspended:

  • All recreation programs including classes, activities and youth sports.
  • All senior programs and social club meetings.
  • All programs and events at the Monrovia Public Library.
  • Private facility rentals.
  • Passport services.
  • Monrovia Street Fair and Market.

Those who have paid for classes, programs and/or facility rentals will be fully refunded.

The city will also postpone board and commission meetings until at least March 31. The City Council will meet at its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 17, and staff is currently researching practices for providing open and transparent public meetings utilizing technologies for teleconferencing.

Monrovia Canyon Park and the Hillside Wilderness Preserve have been closed to the public since Friday and will continue to be closed through Tuesday, March 31. All other parks in Monrovia will remain open for public use; however, the city discourages any large gatherings such as birthday parties and sports practices. Restrooms at the parks will remain open and will continue to be cleaned and sanitized daily.

Monrovia City Hall, police, fire, and the Public Works Yard will continue to operate in a “business as usual” context although the city has made small enhancements/changes to some of their operations to address COVID-19. The city will continue to assess advisories from local, state and federal officials to determine if any further closures are needed.

Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Monrovia, on Thursday, March 12, the city manager activated the Emergency Operations Center to a Level 3, the lowest level, to ensure staff is sufficiently prepared and ready for emergency response, as well as pursuing federal resources if necessary.

For information specific to Monrovia, visit cityofmonrovia.org/COVID19.

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