Peoria closes community center, halts city activities as COVID-19 cases rise
PHOENIX — The city of Peoria is closing certain city facilities and activities in response to a surge of coronavirus cases around the state.
The Peoria Community Center closed to the public on Monday and all sports tournament reservations have been canceled through Jan. 8.
Most city events and classes have been postponed, modified or canceled. Senior and adult adaptive programs will be held virtually, according to the city’s website.
“Protecting the health and wellness of our community remains our number one priority,” Mayor Cathy Carlat said in a press release. “Our phased approach allows us the flexibility to respond to the broad reach of this virus. These mitigation strategies provide the swift action needed in our diligent quest to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
No more than 10 people at a time will be allowed inside city buildings and facilities. Face masks and social distancing are required, the city says.
The Rio Vista Recreation Center, libraries and community parks and trails remain open, as well as playgrounds, dog parks and tennis and basketball courts.
The city says the Lil Learners program and before and after school care will also remain open at reduced capacities.
In September, Peoria entered Phase Two of a three phase plan to reopen city facilities for public use, which it is now scaling back.
Peoria joins other valley cities like Phoenix and Tempe in scaling back city facility access due to rising cases.
Arizona reported a record 12,314 new coronavirus cases and 23 additional deaths on Tuesday, putting the state’s totals at 378,157 COVID-19 infections and 6,973 fatalities.