Local and state governments took actions late last week in response to growing concerns about mitigating the COVID-19.
In the middle of last week, city of Peoria staff said, “no city events have been canceled.”
Then, late Friday, the city announced multiple changes including the cancellation of events.
“After careful consideration, the city of Peoria will postpone city events, programs and sports leagues into the month of April, in compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance about large gatherings and the benefits of social distancing in minimizing community spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). These postponements are effective Monday, March 16,” said Mayor Cathy Carlat.
“Public safety is the City of Peoria’s number one priority,” said Carlat added. “As we continue to understand the impact of COVID-19, limiting community engagement is intended to support slowing the spread of this virus. I want to assure Peoria residents our core services, including police, fire-medical, water, solid waste, etc. will continue without interruption.”
She said the city will continue to work closely with its partner agencies, including the Maricopa County Department of Public Health and the Arizona Department of Health Services, to determine the best steps as the situation evolves.
All Peoria events and youth and adult sports leagues will be suspended, postponed or canceled through March.
The Peoria Community Center will remain open; however, all active adult and adaptive programs will be suspended until April 12. Small private group meetings with less than eight people can continue. The Community Center hours will be adjusted to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during this time. The Resource Center will continue to operate and accept appointments.
Peoria Public Libraries: All city classes and programs at the Peoria Main and Sunrise Mountain Libraries will be suspended until April 12. However, the libraries will remain open during normal business hours.
Special Events: All city special event programs will be canceled until April 12. This will include Second Saturdays, Parkfests, the Peoria Arts and Culture Festival, Shakespeare in the Park and the Dolly Sanchez Memorial Easter Egg Hunt. A list of canceled events will be posted at peoriaaz/specialevents.
City Parks: All city parks will remain open; however, ramada reservations will be limited to 20 or less people through April 12.
Rio Vista Recreation Center: The Rio Vista Recreation Center will remain open; however, all city special interest classes and programs will be canceled through April 12. Gym activities (e.g., work out equipment, basketball courts, etc.) will still continue.
Peoria Center for the Performing Arts: All public programming will be suspended until March 27, whereupon it will be re-assessed. This includes all city functions at the venue such as the Music Series and those produced by TheaterWorks. Classes and rehearsals less than 30 people may continue. TheaterWorks will continue their normal operating hours (box office and general office).
Youth and Adult Sports Leagues: All city youth and adult sports practices and league games will be suspended until April 4.