Atascadero city leaders declared a state of emergency Tuesday in response to the increasing spread of novel coronavirus across the state.
City officials say the declaration allows for the activation of the city's Emergency Operations Center, which qualifies the city to receive federal reimbursement for COVID-19-related costs.
It also helps facilitate coordination with county, state, and federal emergency response teams.
City leaders say they can still provide essential services to community members. City Hall is open for business with newly implemented limited public contact procedures, and the police and fire stations are available by telephone.
Colony Park Community Center and A-Town Park have been closed, and larger events and gatherings that had been scheduled for the upcoming weeks are being postponed or canceled.