OXNARD, Calif. – This morning City Manager Alexander Nguyen issued a proclamation of a local emergency in response to the coronavirus. This proclamation should not cause any panic. It is a necessary step for the City to take in order to 1.) implement social distancing measures, 2.) help contain the spread of the coronavirus, and 3.) make the City eligible for emergency funding from the State and Federal government.
Our City is staffed and prepared to provide essential services to our community should the coronavirus escalate in our community. Our infrastructure and utilities are not under any threat.
The City will close some facilities, and suspend the following programs and events until further notice.
The City’s pre-school program is closing starting Monday, March 16 until further notice.
The following City facilities are closed to the public until further notice:
Three Senior Centers (South Oxnard, Palm Vista, Wilson)
Senior nutrition program is still available
Four Youth Centers (South Oxnard, Colonia, Southwinds, PAL)
Three Libraries (Colonia, South Oxnard and Main Branch)
Three Basketball Gyms (Colonia, PAL, Rio Vista)
Special populations programs
The City has suspended the following programs until further notice:
Special Populations – Suspended as of 3/11
Senior Centers – Suspended as of 3/11
Boxing Programs – Suspended as of 3/11
All Recreation Classes – Suspended at all facilities as of 3/13 until further notice
Youth Centers – All programs are suspended as of 3/13 until further notice
Adult sports leagues – Are postponed until further notice
Gymnasiums – Open gyms are closed until further notice and the Boys Rotary Tournament is postponed at this time
Youth Directors Council – PAL, Colonia and City Corps are cancelled until further notice
Meet Up Clean Up – Events scheduled for 3/14 and 4/4 are postponed until further notice
Field and facility reservations are suspended until further notice. The City will be cancelling current reservations that are scheduled through April 13.
Other Recreation Events
Junior High Grad Night Ticket Sales
Are suspended until further notice
PAL Dinner Auction
Postponed until further notice
CITY MEETINGS & EVENTSCity Council & Planning Commission Meetings
The City Council Chambers can only provide seating for up to 15 members of the public as part of the social distancing measures. There will be overflow rooms at the HR Activity Room and Library Meeting Room B with social distancing seating arrangements.
Residents are encouraged to participate remotely by viewing the meeting on the City’s website under “City Meetings” at www.oxnard.org as well as on Spectrum Channel 10 and Frontier Communications Channel 35, or YouTube at www.youtube.com/oxnardnews.
People are encouraged to submit their comments via email before 3 p.m. to the City Clerk at [email protected] and they will be provided to the Council.
Board and Commission meetings
Other than the Planning Commission, all meetings are suspended until further notice.
Following guidance from the State to cancel events in March with more than 250 attendees, the City of Oxnard will postpone its Job Fair on Friday, March 27 at the Oxnard Recreation Center. We look forward to hosting this valuable community event at a later date and will provide updates when it has been rescheduled.
Neighborhood Council Meetings
These meetings are suspended until further notice.
The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies. Based on current evidence, the risk to water supplies is extremely low. We can continue to use and drink water from the tap.
Library fines will be suspended during the City’s local emergency
The City will waive utility penalties and will not discontinue service for delinquent accounts of those who are affected during this emergency
Please be aware of misinformation and use official resources for news. We will continue to provide updates to keep our community safe. For City of Oxnard news, visit: www.oxnard.org/news.
Our community should utilize the following official resources for updates on the coronavirus:
For local updates from Ventura County on the virus, visit: http://www.vcemergency.com/
For prevention tips from Ventura County, visit: https://www.ventura.org/covid19/
You can also text COVID19 to 211211 for updates from the County
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