Garden Grove activates emergency response and closes public buildings in response to COVID-19

The City of Garden Grove has activated its Emergency Operation Centers to respond to issues pertaining to COVID-19. The City has also undertaken immediate health and safety measures in accordance with state guidelines for all City facilities, programs, and events that will be in effect through March 31, 2020. This is in response to an updated policy on gatherings, recently issued by the California Department of Public Health and Governor Gavin Newsom, intended to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19.

“It goes without saying that the City’s first priority, in any situation, is always the health and wellbeing of its residents, visitors, students, businesses, and employees. We’re facing some of the most challenging times we’ve ever seen, but it’s extremely important that we continue to work together to support, respect, and help each other, and assess our own personal situations with logical thought and calmness,” said Garden Grove Mayor Steve Jones.

The Garden Grove Police Department will be on a heightened alert to public safety issues regarding COVID-19. In order to limit any unnecessary contact or exposure to COVID-19, the Garden Grove Police Department’s front lobby will be closed to all walk-in visitors. All non-emergency police business will be conducted by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling the police department’s non-emergency number at 714-741-5704. 9-1-1 should continue to be used for emergency calls; non-emergency calls should be made to 714-741-5704.

The following City facilities will be closed, and all programs and classes will be cancelled through March 31, 2020:

  • H. Louis Lake Senior Center, 11300 Stanford Avenue
    From Monday, March 16 through Wednesday, March 18, the City will provide a limited number of take-home meals on a first-come, first-served basis for seniors, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in the senior center parking lot. Beginning Thursday, March 19, Meals on Wheels OC will provide seniors with take-home frozen meals to replace the Lunch Café congregate lunch program.
    For more information, seniors should contact the center at 714-741-5253, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Atlantis Play Center, 13630 Atlantis Way; Garden Grove Sports and Recreation Center, 13641 Deodara Drive; Garden Grove Community Meeting Center, 11300 Stanford Avenue; Garden Grove Courtyard Center, 12732 Main Street.
    For questions regarding pending or future bookings for the Community Meeting Center or Courtyard Center, please call 714-741-5262.
  • Buena Clinton Youth and Family Center, 12661 Sunswept Avenue
    For additional information call 714-741-5768.
  • Tiny Tots program, in accordance with the Garden Grove Unified School District’s suspension of classes.
  • Magnolia Park Family Resource Center, 11402 Magnolia Street, will offer limited services. Please call 714-530-7413 for more information.
    • The following City-sponsored events will be cancelled or postponed:

      • Eggscavation (April 11) and
      • Magnolia Park Family Resource Center 20th Anniversary (April 18). A future date for the Magnolia Park 20th Anniversary event will be announced.

      Garden Grove City Hall will be open for in-person water bill payments only; all other services will be provided by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling the following departments:

      • Building & Safety: 714-741-5307
      • Planning Services: 714-741-5312
      • Engineering: 714-741-5192
      • Public Works/Water Services: 714-741-5346
      • Business Tax: 714-741-5074
      • Utility Billing: 714-741-5320
      • Community Services/Parks & Facilities: 714-741-5200

      All other departments, call 714-741-5000, or visit the department pages on the City’s website at ggcity.org

      The Tuesday, March 24 Garden Grove City Council Meeting and Housing Authority meeting will be held in the Garden Grove Community Meeting Center Council Chamber, however to follow the suggested 6-foot distance between individuals, public seating will be moved to the adjoining Constitution Room. Public comments may be submitted in advance to the City Clerk’s Office via email at [email protected]. Meetings will continue to be livestreamed via the City’s GGTV3 YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/c/GardenGroveTV3/live which is also accessible from the City’s main page at ggcity.org. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

      The Orange County Fire Authority will be closing public access to countywide facilities through March 20 only, and suspend public activities such as school programs, tours, and in-service training until further notice.

      The City of Garden Grove will continue working closely with the Orange County Health Care Agency and respond to any other statewide policy guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our community. The public is encouraged to check the City’s Coronavirus webpage at ggcity.org/coronavirus or the Orange County Health Care Agency’s website at www.ochealthinfo.com for updated information.

      The article above was released by the City of Garden Grove.