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Closings and cancellations growing

THE CORONAVIRUS, an affliction of the respiratory organs, has led to worldwide quarantines, and is affecting sports schedules and other businesses and government operations (Shutterstock).

UPDATE: The City of Westminster today (Friday) announced it was cancelling several events as a precaution against the possible spread of the coronavirus.

Cancelled are:

  • All Senior Center programs including the Senior Dance on March 13 and 27; the St. Patrick’s Day Party on March 17 and ESL, pinochle, board game club, bridge, blood pressure and ukulele classes through the end of March.
  • City Council special meeting and study session on March 25.
  • All community Block Walk events.
  • The annual Spring Festival on April 4.

Through March 27, the front lobby of the police department will be closed to the public. Residents are encouraged to call the general police hot line at (714) 898-3315 for information on how to manage their police business.

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UPDATE: The Huntington Beach Union High School District is cancelling or postponing all athletic events, as well as field trips, banquets and public arts performances. The HBUHSD includes Huntington Beach, Marina, Edison, Westminster and Fountain Valley high schools.

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UPDATE: The Garden Grove Unified School District is cancelling or postponing all athletic events, open houses and field trips through March.

Events cancelled or postponed include Latinos Unidos Cultural Night (March 13), the Intermediate Orchestral Festival (March 17), high school choral festivals (March 24 and 26) and Intermediate Choral Festival (March 31).

No schools are being closed and regular class attendance is not affected.

For a complete list of events affected, go to https://ggusd.us/coronavirus-info .

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UPDATE: Coast Community College District classes will go online next week in respond to the coronavirus issue. The CCCD operates Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa and Coastline College in Fountain Valley.

The decision was made late Wednesday. The CCCD also operates satellite campuses in Garden Grove and Westminster.

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A growing list of events and services cancelled, postponed or changed is emerging locally in an effort to contain the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Tribune will be adding any official information on these developments as we are advised of them. We caution our readers to confirm with authorities any “news” they may have seen on social media about COVID-19; some of it has been shown to be false or inaccurate.

Here’s what’s been announced:

Huntington Beach

  • Library facilities will remain open but all library special events and programming have been cancelled.
  • Computer labs will be limited to every third workstation to keep patrons at least six feet apart.
  • Senior care facilities and service will remain open, but special programming at the senior center will be shut down.
  • Many community events have been postponed, including Saturday’s 3/1 Run as well as the Easter Hunt and Easter in the Park on April 11 and 12. Surf City Nights and the Pier Plaza Art Afaire are included.

For more specifics and updates, go to the city’s new website, www.hbready.com .

Garden Grove: The 114th Chamber of Commerce Gala Dinner and Awards event scheduled for Saturday, March 28 at the Anaheim Marriott Suites has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 6.

Orange County Fire Authority:  All OCFA facilities will be closed to the public for the next seven days. During that time, the agency will be conducting health screenings of all employees, professional staff and those in field operations at the start of each day. Those will a fever will be directed to return home.

Staff who are able to telecommute will be identified and OCFA facilities will undergo increased cleaning efforts.

The OCFA has one station in Stanton, three in Westminster and seven in Garden Grove.

Orange County Fairgrounds: In response to directives from the state to suspend events with 250 or more attendees, the Orange County Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa is cancelling numerous events on its ground,s at least through the end of March.

Those cancellations will include the weekend Orange County Marketplace.  For the complete list, go to www.ocfair.com.

Other precautionary measures being taken will include increasing the number of hand-sanitizing stations on the grounds and increasing the cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and commonly-touched objects.

Amusement Parks:  Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure will be closed starting Friday, March 14 and through the end of the month. Downtown Disney is expected to remain open.  Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park remains open.

 

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