Public library to close amidst coronavirus concerns

Story by Adam Kwoh
News Editor

Photo courtesy of Vahe Martirosyan

The City of South Pasadena released an update on Thursday, Mar. 12, taking precautionary measures such as facility closures and event cancellations due to LA County’s coronavirus threat.

City services such as the South Pasadena Public Library and senior center will close beginning on Mar. 16. Furthermore, library book due dates will be extended to Apr. 15 and the Dial-a-Ride senior service will continue accepting essential trips, such as doctor appointments and grocery pick-ups.

City calendar events such as SPPD’s Women’s Self-Defense courses and the city’s 132nd anniversary celebration have also been cancelled.

City council will continue on schedule, although shorter meeting agendas and reorganized seating will be implemented to reflect social distancing measures. However, all commissions — with the exception of the Cultural Heritage Commission, Planning Commission, and Design Review Board — will have its meetings postponed until further notice.

“As the situation around the coronavirus continues to evolve, the health and safety of our residents remains our top priority,” South Pasadena City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe said in the city’s update. “We are moving forward with the closing of our senior center and library along with the cancellation of several events as a precaution to prevent the spread of the virus and protect our community members.”

The city recommends residents to follow the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s and CDC’s recommendations to combat and prevent the coronavirus.

This is a developing storyUpdates will be posted as more information is released.

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