The city of Aurora declared a state of emergency March 13 in response to COVID-19. This declaration allows the city to expedite additional emergency resources to support the city’s Office of Emergency Management and gives the city flexibility to procure additional essential resource, if needed.
The city would like to reassure our community that we are working closely with federal, state and local public health agencies to closely monitor the situation with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and prepare for a potential outbreak. We are taking action to keep our community and staff safe.
It’s critical for residents to prepare, be proactive and learn about best practices to protect your health. Health officials recommend preventive actions like social distancing and increased handwashing and disinfecting to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
A cross-departmental team is meeting regularly to evaluate city operations. Check back to this website regularly for updates.
List of Closures, Cancelations and Postponements
In the interest of our community’s health and safety, the following closures, cancelations and postponements are in effect.
Meetings and Meeting Spaces
Update: The Aurora City Council meetings that were scheduled for tonight, March 16, have been postponed until March 23 due to concerns surrounding coronavirus and the potential lack of a quorum. This includes the executive session, study session and regular meeting.
In general, as required by our city charter, the public meetings listed below will continue as scheduled:
• City Council Meetings
• Civil Service Commission Meetings
• Planning and Zoning Commission Meetings
• Board of Adjustments and Appeals Meetings
All city-organized public meetings and events taking place between March 14 and April 30 will be canceled.
Use of all city meeting rooms and facilities by public and non-city groups will be canceled effective immediately through April 30, or until further notice.
Effective March 14 through March 31, the following facilities will be closed, or until further notice:
• All city recreation centers and indoor pools
• All city libraries
• Aurora History Museum
• Aurora Fox Arts Center
• The People’s Building
• Bicentennial Arts Center
Effective March 14 through April 30, the following facilities will be closed, or until further notice:
• Aurora Center for Active Adults
• Morning Star Adult Day Program
• Therapeutic Recreation Program
City offices will remain open for individual and business customers, such as Water Billing, the Permit Center, Cashier or individual needs to conduct business. The Aurora Municipal Center will only be open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Many of our services, such as bill payments and permitting, are available online. Please search our website for details.
Outdoor recreation spaces and the Morrison Nature Center, Senac Creek Nature Center and the Plains Conservation Center remain open until further notice but the programs and events at these places are canceled.
What you need to know
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a type of virus that causes diseases of varying severities, ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory disease. View the links below for helpful information.
What are the symptoms?
• Difficulty Breathing
How is it spread?
• Through coughing and sneezing
• Close contact between people such as touching and shaking hands
• Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
What can I do?
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and hot water, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when handwashing isn’t feasible.
• Practice social distancing.
• Stay home when you’re sick.
• Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
• Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Get your annual flu shot.
What is the city of Aurora doing?
Keeping our customers and employees safe is a top priority.
• We are communicating regularly with local and regional emergency management and health agencies to review the current situation and coordinate our response.
• For those public spaces that remain open to the public, we are increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing of offices, common areas and public areas to help prevent the spread of germs. Custodians are carrying special disposable wiping cloths during their entire shift and concentrating on all touchable points while performing their normal cleaning duties.
• We are increasing education about the virus and healthy habits to employees and visitors to our facilities that remain open.
• Our standard drinking water treatment methods assure a complete disinfection process, with no threat of drinking water becoming a source of the virus.