COVID-19 : City to close libraries, recreation centers and pools from March 16 to April 6


City of San Diego, March 13, 2020: In an effort to protect the health and safety of the public while continuing to provide essential services, the City of San Diego is instituting a number of measures to limit further spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, and ease potential economic hardship for those affected by the disease. Protecting the health of all San Diegans is our top priority. The City of San Diego is taking measures in consultation with, and at the direction of, County public health officials to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

  • Libraries – Consistent with the previous announcement by San Diego Unified School District, all 36 City libraries will close to the public beginning Monday, March 16 until Monday, April 6, 2020 unless an extension is warranted. All programming and events have been postponed or canceled during this time. Online library services remain available to the public.
  • Parks and Recreation – The City will be closing all recreation centers and pools beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, and all programming has been canceled. Recreation centers will reopen Monday, April 6 unless an extension is warranted. All City parks will remain open to the public and all public restrooms will be open and accessible during operating hours. Additional maintenance will be conducted to ensure park restroom facilities are clean and fully stocked.
  • Public Utilities – The City suspended all water shutoffs as a result of nonpayment and utility bills will not be charged interest fees for late or nonpayment. Customers are encouraged to pay utility bills to the extent possible based on individual circumstances.
  • Homeless Services – The City of San Diego is working very closely with the County of San Diego and the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless to protect those living on our streets and in our shelters, including installing 66 additional handwashing stations, deploying public health nurses to bridge shelters and with outreach teams and instructing all providers to increase cleaning at shelters.

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