Market Night, Farmers Market canceled through end of March

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Following the urging of California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday to cancel or postpone public events with more than 250 people in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus, the City of Redlands will discontinue its Thursday night Market Night and Saturday Morning Farmers Market through the end of March. In addition, the Downtown Art Walk, scheduled for March 29, has been postponed to an indefinite date.

City staff, including Emergency Management staff within the Redlands Fire Department, began last month preparing for the spread of the Novel Coronavirus and to create emergency plans. Staff will continue to monitor the progress of the virus and will evaluate further cancellation of City-sponsored and City supported public events in the months to come, through the end of the current pandemic.

City staff are also in communication with local organizations regarding their plans for other upcoming public events within the City.

To date, according to the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the county.  

“The health and well-being of all Redlands residents, employees and visitors to the City are of paramount importance to us,” said Mayor Paul Foster. “In preparation for a potential local outbreak, over the past few weeks the City had already been in active communication with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health and we will continue to respond based on the best advice of public health authorities and medical experts.”

City staff have also been in proactive communication with local organizations with large public reach, including the Redlands Unified School District; Redlands Community Hospital; the University of Redlands; Esri, the City’s largest private employer; and skilled nursing facilities, to share information on the coronavirus and coordinate responses.

“All available City employees will be deployed to ensure that core City functions, including essential public health and safety, are maintained,” said Mayor Foster.

The most effective protection against the virus remains education, good health hygiene habits and social distancing.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • If someone does become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough, they should stay away from work, school or other people to avoid spreading illness and contact their healthcare provider if symptoms become severe.
  • N95 masks are not recommended outside a healthcare setting. Surgical masks can be worn by sick individuals to reduce the likelihood of spreading germs to others.

For more information, visit the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health website at http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/ or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.