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Posted on: March 12, 2020

NEWS RELEASE: 3/12 Coronavirus Update

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Santa Rosa Suspends Most Public Gatherings Through March

City decision follows expanded recommendations from California Department of Public Health

Today, the City of Santa Rosa announced that it will suspend many of its public gatherings throughout the City through the end of March. The decision follows recommendations from the California Department of Public Health to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The suspended gatherings include all City-operated recreation programs, classes, activities, events and park attractions, all city-organized events, all events at city-owned properties, and all special event permits, park permits and picnic reservations. These cancellations are in addition to a limited list of events and programs postponed yesterday

The City of Santa Rosa is suspending the following through March 31, 2020: 

  • All Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks classes, activities, camps, sports leagues and aquatics programs 
  • All private rentals at City-owned properties 
  • Special event permits, park permits, and picnic reservations for events on City property 
  • City-organized special events and community meetings 

City staff will contact registered attendees and event organizers to discuss rescheduling and reimbursement, when possible. The City will continue to review all non-essential events beyond March and the suspension or postponement of additional events will be extended, if necessary. 

Today’s announcement follows expanded “gatherings guidance” from the California Department of Public Health issued late yesterday to protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19. 

Community members who feel sick and those in high-risk groups – consisting of those 60 years or older or with underlying health conditions – are encouraged to remain home and not attend large gatherings.  For updates from the City of Santa Rosa, visit

For the latest information about the coronavirus in Sonoma County and advice from health experts on prevention and care, call 2-1-1, text your zip code to 898-211 or visit

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