In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, the city of Auburn has taken steps to mitigate the virus' impact on the community, including canceling Parks and Recreation programming throughout the city.
All recreation programs and scheduled events have been canceled, including Bark in the Park, Tails ‘n’ Trails, Ride and Seek as well as any Earth Day programs. COVID-19 has forced parks and rec to cancel all Easter Morning plans. There will be no Breakfast with the Bunny, or an Easter Egg Hunt this year, either.
All programming has been closed at recreation facilities. With the City Council's declaration of a state of local emergency at its meeting Tuesday night, the buildings themselves can now be officially closed down, a move that is expected.
"The Harris Center is still open; nothing’s happening there," said Auburn City Manager Jim Buston. "We encourage everyone instead of coming to public buildings to use our online services. Again, we always have to be cognizant of those citizens who not as fortunate as many of us and do not have electronic means of accessing city services, so we do our best to accommodate them as well."
The latter pertains to the city's decision to keep the Auburn Public Library open to residents despite all its programming having been canceled.
As of now, all spring sports are delayed until March 28. Athletic programs including soccer, baseball, softball, t-ball, volleyball, track and tennis have been postponed until March 29. Each of these seasons will be reevaluated by the APRD in two weeks to determine their long-term status. If seasons come to an abrupt close, the APRD will be in contact with families and set up refunds.
Anyone with questions or concerns can contact APRD at 334-501-2930 or shoot them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is putting several changes into action through April 6. State parks and facilities will remain open. Keeping warmer weather in mind, all state public fishing lakes, shooting and archery ranges will also remain open.
Chewacla State Park is remaining open.
"As we continue to provide our routine hospitality services to the public, we are coordinating with Public Health agencies and adopting the most current recommendations on preventative measures for avoidance of transmission of the Coronavirus. Our staff are following the recommended precautions such as hand washing, posting prevention flyers, and increasing our cleaning cycles for public common areas," said release from the Alabama State Parks Division.
"The Alabama State Parks system understands the seriousness and fluid nature of the coronavirus pandemic locally, nationally and internationally. We fully support efforts to mitigate the spread of coronavirus and remain fully committed to responding to this situation based on the most up-to-date information available from public health authorities."
Updates from the city can be found online at https://www.auburnalabama.org/coronavirus/.