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Whittier cancels or postpones all non-essential events through March

WHITTIER — To help stop the spread of COVID-19, the Whittier City Council voted Friday to cancel or suspend all non-essential programs, meetings and recreation classes through the end of March. 

Community events, classes and programs, including the annual Eggxtravaganza at Parnell Park, have also been cancelled.

Additionally, city facilities, excluding City Hall, will be closed through the end of the month. Board, commission and committee meetings have also been postponed through the remainder of March. 

The city is taking precautionary measures to ensure vital services remain available to protect the welfare of the community. Although an inconvenience, the decision to cancel city-sponsored events is consistent with what neighboring cities, along with other public and private institutions throughout the state, are doing in response to COVID-19 public health concerns.

The present strategy is to limit the opportunity for people to come into contact with one another, so as to limit the extent of which the COVID-19 virus can spread, also referred to as social distancing. 

“These are trying times that we have never experienced before, and that our people are feeling concern about this uncertainty,” said Mayor Joe Vinatieri. “We care about you, and that is why we are taking these proactive measures. We will do our best to keep you informed, via the City’s social media channels, website, and Channel 3. We want to thank you for pitching in and weathering these disruptions while we work together to keep our community healthy. Together, we are Whittier STRONG!” 

Residents are urged to visit regularly for up-to-date facts on COVID-19, and to avoid misinformation.


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