The City of Corona announced a limited emergency today to grow efforts to protect the community from the coronavirus (COVID-19). In connection with the announcement of a local emergency, the City of Corona will be closing non-essential facilities beginning until further notice.

The City’s limited emergency announcement follows President Trump’s National Emergency declaration on March 13, California’s declaration of a state of emergency on March 4, and Riverside County’s local public health emergency declaration on March 8. The declaration will allow the City to access state and federal resources, including funds related to COVID-19, should they be made available and activate emergency plans to be prepared for any further developments. The declaration will be brought before City Council for ratification at the City Council meeting.

In addition to the conclusion of the Corona Senior Center, the City will close Corona City Hall, sports fields as used for organized sports, and all community centres, including the Corona Public Library including Circle City Center, to the public. A complete list of facility closures and event cancellations is available here.

Essential City services, including Police, Fire, and utilities, will continue without disruptions.Online services, including permitting and bill payments, will remain open and available. For business services, a complete list of payment options is available here. To promote the community, the Corona Department of Water and Power has suspended service disconnections for non-payment of services until April 15. Overdue payments will be accepted without penalty for 30 days following the return of service disconnections.

“We want our community to know that the City is taking every step necessary to safeguard the well-being of our residents,” said Mayor Jim Steiner. “The City of Corona is a unique, centralised community. I invite our residents to continue to step up and support each other during this challenging and fluid situation. Be kind, empathetic, and respect local mandates. By protecting ourselves and each other, we will each do our part to slow the progression of COVID-19.”

The City of Corona is still holding its scheduled City Council meeting on Wednesday, March 18. While community members are advised to take recommended precautions and exercise social distancing during the current COVID-19 public health emergency, it's important to continue to encourage public input related to civic matters. As such, members of the public who wish to stay home.

The City of Corona helps residents to stay informed by visitingthe government website. The webpage adds links to reliable sources of information, along with guides on how to protect themselves and their families. Corona residents are also supported to stay connected with their City.