By Staff Reports
(Victorville)– The City of Victorville announced that it will be closing Victorville City Hall and other City facilities to public access as a precautionary measure to protect employees, the public and to reduce potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). These closures are effective March 16 through March 30.
During these closures, City employees will continue to work and carryout essential City functions such as public safety, water and sewer, customer service and more. City officials are directing members of the public to utilize phone and online customer service options to conduct business with the City such as to pay bills, submit plans, and business license applications via the City’s website at VictorvilleCA.gov or the City’s pay-by-phone system at (760) 955-5001. General customer service inquiries can be directed to (760) 955-5000.
“Our utmost priority is to maintain a safe working environment for our employees and our community members,” said Victorville Mayor, Gloria Garcia. “Closing City facilities to public access and cancelling our events are efforts we are undertaking to slow and reduce the spread of the coronavirus to protect our community.”
Additionally, City Officials announced the cancellation of City events, activities and classes; most notably the Victorville City Council Meeting previously planned for Tuesday, March 17 and the City’s Spring Festival, which was planned for April 11.
A complete listing of facility closures, cancellations, operational changes and the City of Victorville’s response to the coronavirus (COIC-19) can be found on the City’s website at VictorvilleCA.gov/coronavirus.
Earlier today, the San Bernardino County Public Health Department announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the County of San Bernardino. City Officials state these actions are being taken out of an abundance of caution as a form of “social distancing” to protect the community, City employees and City Council Members. According to the last report from the San Bernardino County Public Health Department, the risk to the general public remains low, but good public health hygiene and social distancing are recommended.
The City of Victorville is closely monitoring the coronavirus situation; and City leaders are communicating with federal, state, and county public health agencies. Because this is a rapidly evolving situation, City officials recommend community members follow guidance offered by public health agencies such as the San Bernardino County Public Health Department, California Department of Public Health, and the Center for Disease Control. Additional information regarding the City of Victorville’s response to COVID-19 will be posted on the City’s website at VictorvilleCA.gov/coronavirus.
Located in Southern California at the high-point between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Victorville is the leading city for both industry and retail in the High Desert Region. Victorville is a growing, vibrant community that is home to approximately 125,000 residents and some of the area’s largest employers. Clean air, abundant mountain vistas, family-friendly recreation activities, spectacular sunsets and breathtaking night skies entice locals and visitors alike to fall in love with this city that is within a few hours of SoCal beaches, National Parks, mountain retreats, other major attractions; and less than an hour from Ontario International Airport.