• City Events Postponed/Cancelled due to Coronavirus Emergency

    NEWS RELEASE
    March 12, 2020
    City Events Postponed/Cancelled due to Coronavirus Emergency


    The City of Santa Maria is cancelling through March its public events and programs by the Recreation and Parks Department, and Public Library and branch libraries.

    This decision is a result of today’s Declaration of a Local Health Emergency by the County to slow the transmission of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

    Effective immediately until March 30th, the Health Order states, “the Health Officer is mandating cancellation or postponement of nonessential gatherings of 250 or people, and small gatherings shall include six (6) foot distancing between participants particularly those at high risk for severe illness of COVID-19.”

    Additionally, some City permits may be cancelled for rentals of City facilities.

    Kickoff for the fifth season of Downtown Fridays is postponed from March 27th to May 1st, organizer Ed Carcarey said. The City is a partner in this popular event.

    The City’s Special Projects team is postponing (to a date to be determined) its Community Development Week events scheduled for the week of April 13th including the April 15th Community Resource Fair.

    At this time, the City is not postponing or cancelling its regularly scheduled meetings of the City Council, Planning Commission, or Recreation and Park Commission.

    The City continues to stay abreast of developing information and guidelines from public health authorities. This week, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. As of today, there were 198 confirmed COVID-19 cases in California. 

    Further, the City is updating its action plan in the event of a contagious disease outbreak, is sharing information with employees, and is evaluating out-of-area travel/training.

    Questions may be directed to the City Manager’s Office, (805) 925-0951 extension 2372.