Fontana Declares Emergency to Increase Preparations for Potential Coronavirus (COVID-19) Spread

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Fontana California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 14, 2020

Fontana Takes Precautionary Measure by Declaring Local Emergency for Potential Coronavirus (COVID-19) Spread

Coronavirus Update

Fontana, Calif.- Out of an abundance of caution, the Fontana City Council today declared a local emergency to limit the risk of a Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread and urge residents to follow safe health practices. Although there has not been a confirmed case in San Bernardino County, the City Council decided to limit exposure by closing all community and neighborhood centers through Friday, March 27, 2020. 

With a possible extension to be determined, all community and neighborhood centers will remain closed including the Mary Vagle Nature Center, the Fontana Community Senior Center and the Fontana Park Aquatics Complex. As a result, all recreational programs, activities, classes and sports field rentals have been cancelled. City Hall, Community Services Administration Office and all public safety functions will operate as normal.

The declaration comes one day after President Trump declared a national emergency and makes the city eligible for state and federal funding, if needed.

“Our purpose is not to alarm people, but to establish processes and procedures that will limit exposure and remind everyone that together we can overcome this,” said Mayor Acquanetta Warren. “This crisis is real, but it doesn’t define us. We’ll be fine, but we need your help.”

The City of Fontana is closely monitoring the evolving situation. Councilmembers said they are operating out of caution to ensure the safety and well-being of residents, employees and visitors – particularly the City’s senior citizens and other vulnerable populations. The declaration follows Friday’s announcement by the Fontana Unified School District that schools will be closed for at least the next two weeks.

“This proactive move by our City ensures that as a community, we are vigilant in safeguarding ourselves- and especially our most vulnerable populations," said Mayor Pro-Tem Jesse Armendarez. 

Although, the Fontana Community Senior Center will be closed, senior transportation services will remain operational, though limited to 10 passengers per vehicle. The City will implement a home-bound meals program for seniors already registered in the program, and should have those details within the next week.

Other precautions include heightened sanitizing of all City facilities and restricting airline travel and out-of-region conference attendance for City staff.

In addition, the City is redoubling its public education efforts – imploring all residents, employees and visitors to exercise responsible behavior and good personal hygiene.

We encourage the public to protect themselves from the virus by practicing good hygiene.

These are simple steps you can take to keep yourself and others healthy.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 

 For additional information on impacted City operations, please visit: readyfontana.org.  


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