REDWOOD CITY (CBS SF) – Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases throughout San Mateo County being attributed to the omicron variant, officials in Redwood City announced the closure of City Hall for two weeks at the start of the year.
“With the health and safety of the public and our employees of paramount importance, effective Monday, January 3, 2022, we will be closing City Hall to the public through the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (Jan. 3 – Jan. 17),” city officials said Friday.READ MORE: UPDATE: Suspect In Attempted Armed Carjacking Killed In Shootout With San Jose Police
Officials said City Hall services would be held virtually “to the greatest extent possible.”READ MORE: Marin Brewing Company Shutting Down After 3 Decades Due To Pandemic Struggles
Closures will also impact the city’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services department, with the closure of indoor gyms and the suspension of private rentals at their facilities for the next two weeks. Meanwhile classes and programs will continue with current indoor masking requirements and small group enrollments.
The city’s libraries would remain open for in-person services, officials said, with safety practices and continuing current capacity restrictions of 25%.MORE NEWS: Queen Of The Valley Hospital Workers Stage Picket Over Pandemic Staffing, Pay Issues
Redwood City officials said the closures come as cases have rapidly increased throughout the Bay Area, with the Peninsula being no exception. As of Thursday, cases in San Mateo County had increased by more than 350% in the past two weeks.