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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Coronavirus Update: City Hall Closed to Public

Lake Forest City Hall is closed to the public, as the City continues to follow recommendations from health and state officials to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The City Council will meet as scheduled at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, but the joint meeting with the City’s commissions has been cancelled.

The list of City public closures/cancellations includes:

  • City Hall
  • Clubhouse (Sr. Center)
  • Community Center
  • Recreation Center at Lake Forest Sports Park
  • Etnies Skatepark
  • Lake Forest Police Services Office/Shredding
  • All special events/activities/camps through April 30

 “The health and safety of our residents is always our top priority,” Mayor Neeki Moatazedi said. “Although we recognize our Senior Clubhouse and other facilities are important to many of our residents, the state Department of Public Health makes it clear that we must suspend operations.”

The California Department of Public Health on Thursday said cancelling or postponing public gatherings is necessary to protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19. The advisory specified that gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people. The Centers for Disease Control has identified older adults as those at higher risk of contracting the virus.

The California Department of Public Health advisory issued Thursday says the events should be cancelled or postponed. The state also advised all residents to minimize participating in non-essential gatherings and use “social distancing,” keeping 6 feet away from others.

“The timely implementation of aggressive strategies that create social distance and those that reduce close contact of people not regularly together, including limiting gatherings, has proven effective in prior pandemics at delaying rates of transmission and reducing illness and death,” the state says.

City officials are working closely with Orange County and state health officials to track developments on the Coronavirus. Mayor Moatazedi urged residents to follow the City’s social media and use the Lake Forest hotline at (949) 461-3536 for updates. Residents are also asked to sign up for the City’s text notification through Nixle, by texting "LakeForest" to 888777.

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