Marina, CA. – Mayor Delgado and City Manager Layne Long announced actions to further the City’s COVID-19 public safety response, implementing citywide service changes and signing a proclamation of emergency. The goals of these service changes are to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community and limit exposure to our highest risk community members while maintaining a high level of support for the community and continuing essential City services.
Despite having no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Monterey County to date, scientists and medical experts report that slowing the spread (also known as “flattening the curve”) of COVID-19 by reducing opportunities for transmission will save lives by giving police and fire personnel, hospitals, doctors, and vaccine-manufacturers time to respond and prepare for the outbreak.
“The safety of our community remains our priority. Now – more than ever – we need to work together to help slow the transmission of COVID-19. We have an amazing community of resilient, caring and compassionate people, and together we will successfully navigate this situation. We are all in this together, and together we will make it through this,” said Mayor Bruce Delgado.
Implementing Service Changes to slow the spread of COVID-19
Several service changes are implemented as of today or are going into effect on Saturday, March 14, 2020 and last through at least March 31, 2020. The City may announce other service and operations changes as this situation evolves. In addition to the list below, a dedicated webpage is set up at www.cityofmarina.org/953/Updated-Information-on-Coronavirus to keep the public informed of ongoing COVID-19 updates and changes to City services.
RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL SERVICES
- All recreation programs are cancelled until March 31st.
- Senior Center, Teen Center, and Youth Center are closed until March 31st.
MARINA PUBLIC LIBRARY
- Public Library and Community Rooms are closed until March 31st.
- City Manager’s Office, Community Development Department, Public Works Department, and Finance Department remain open for business with enhanced measures to minimize exposure to staff and the community.
- The Marina Fire Department is fully staffed and responding to calls for service.
- All public education programs suspended, including public fire station visits.
- Fire Prevention Inspections will continue with enhanced measures to minimize exposure.
MARINA POLICE DEPARTMENT
- Police Services remain open for business with enhanced measures to minimize exposure.
PUBLIC CITY MEETINGS
- The frequency and length of public meetings, including the City Council, boards and commissions, will be minimized. Non-urgent and non-essential City business with expected public feedback will be postponed.
- Individuals attending public meetings in person will be required to maintain appropriate social distancing, (i.e., maintain a 6-foot distance) and be free of symptoms related to COVID-19.
- Members of the public strongly encouraged to observe the live stream of the City Council and other Boards and Commission meetings at https://accessmediaproductions.org/.
- If you choose not to attend a City Council meeting but wish to make a comment on a specific agenda item, please submit your comment via email by 5:00 p.m. on the Monday prior to the meeting. Please submit your comment to the Deputy City Clerk at AShepherd@cityofmarina.org. Your comment will be placed into the record at the meeting.
- Public Mural Dedication at Glorya Jean Tate Park March 14th
- Marina Earth Day April 18th
Updates on the status of the details above will be provided at least weekly and shared on the web and on all social media channels. The City of Marina thanks the community for understanding why the City put these important measures in place, and we encourage all residents to continue to take precautions during this peak potential outbreak of coronavirus locally. Please see https://www.cityofmarina.org/953/Updated-Information-on-Coronavirus for updated information and resources