CATHEDRAL CITY — Mayor John Aguilar has called for an emergency meeting of the City Council to be for 4 p.m. today, Monday, March 16.

The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers, 68-700 Avenida Lalo Guerrero.  Three items are listed on the agenda including a resolution proclaiming the existence of a local emergency due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Among items on the agenda are:

  • Closed session to have a conference with the Director of Emergency Services, Fire Chief, and Police Chief and City Attorney regarding the threat to public services and facilities pursuant to Government Code Section 54957(a).
  • Consider a Resolution proclaiming the existence of an emergency situation and local
    emergency due to the worldwide spread of CVOID-19.
  • Consider approval of such other matters the City Council may, by majority vote, determine are necessary to consider, direct or approve related to the local emergency.

Aguilar called for the emergency meeting as President Trump on Monday acknowledged the gravity of the coronavirus pandemic, releasing strict new guidelines to limit people’s interactions in an increasingly urgent bid to slow the virus in the next two weeks before U.S. hospitals are overwhelmed.

“It’s bad. It’s bad,” the president said at a news conference after releasing guidelines that called for people to avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people and to steer clear of eating and drinking at bars, restaurants and food courts.

Palm Springs City Manager David H. Ready was the first city manager in the Coachella Valley declare a local emergency in the city of Palm Springs on Saturday, March 14. The declaration of local emergency will be scheduled for ratification by the City Council at its meeting on Thursday, March 19, which will be held at the Palm Springs Convention Center. That meeting will also be devoted to addressing issues related to the health address COVID-19.

On Sunday, Ready ordered all bars, nightclucbs and breweries be closed immediately in Palm Springs.





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