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City of Burbank Coronavirus Update
BURBANK, CA (March 13, 2020) –
The City of Burbank continues to be prepared but not panicked in regards to taking a proactive approach. City Council and the Emergency Policy Group is and has been regularly meeting during the past few weeks and continues to monitor the situation.
Yesterday, the City of Burbank declared a State of Local Emergency that allows the City to take extra precautions.
Below is a list of actions that have been implemented to date:
- All large City events that occur on or before March 31, 2020, and have more than 250 people in attendance have been cancelled or are being rescheduled including those that require significant planning.This includes:
- Egg-Sight-Ment in the Wild
- Youth Art Expo Opening Receptions
- Spring Egg-Stravaganza
- Veteran’s Job Fair
- Burbank on Parade
- Downtown Farmer’s Market
Please check the City’s website for updates. https://www.burbankca.gov/
- The Parks and Recreation Department has closed the Tuttle Senior Center beginning Monday, March 16. The Joslyn Adult Center will remain open but all programs, events, and classes will be suspended.
- All City sports and aquatics programs will be suspended until the end of the month. This includes any drop-in sports.
- The after school program offered by Parks and Recreation will be suspended the week of March 16; however, spring camps will continue as scheduled during the week of March 23. Please keep in mind that this may change at any time.
- The Senior Nutrition Program for seniors is available through an outdoor pick-up program. Registered participants in the Program will be able to pick up lunches at Joslyn, Tuttle, and McCambridge Parks on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30AM to 1:00PM beginning Monday.Frozen meals will be provided for the days when there is no meal pick-up service.The home delivered meals program will also continue to provide meals to our local housebound seniors.For any questions regarding meal pickup or home delivered meals during this time, please contact Nutrition Program staff at 818-238-5353.
- The City will forego the normal cancellation policies for any Parks and Recreation permit groups/events, and will work with permit groups to reschedule their events. Please contact Parks Permit staff at 818-238-5300 or Library staff at 818.2238.5551 with any questions or changes.
- The City’s libraries will remain open; however, library programs are cancelled through April 4. Check www.burbanklibrary.org/elibrary for e-library resources.
The Fire Department Emergency Management Division (EMD) is an ongoing contact with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and is participating in multiple weekly briefings from the California Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control.
To that end, our Emergency Operations team that includes Police and Fire is working closely with LA County Health and monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) information.
The City will continue to monitor and make appropriate decisions during this dynamic situation. We have linked to the County’s regularly updated informational website through our City homepage. You can access the site directly at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/.
For any necessary immediate updates, please follow:
Facebook: @BurbankCA, Twitter: @BurbankCA, Website: www.burbankca.gov
While it is not possible to predict all the risks we may encounter, it is important to take some basic steps to be prepared for potentially changing conditions. Everyone is used to addressing seasonal flu concerns. It is important for everyone to follow some basic measures which remain the best defense against coronavirus, flu, and other communicable diseases:
• Wash hands with soap and water for approximately 20 seconds-Sing the Happy Birthday song twice to time it out.
• Use hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available.
• Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Clean and disinfect work surfaces, telephone, headphones and computer equipment frequently.
• Practice social distancing – recommended 6 feet.
• Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
• Have an emergency preparedness kit at home.
• Most importantly, stay home if you become sick with symptoms such as fever and/or respiratory problems.
The CDC maintains a travel information website for coronavirus (COVID-19). If traveling, be familiar with potential impacts in the areas you plan to visit and practice precautions.
We have included some links below as additional resources: