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The City of Farmington and COVID-19: Closures Announced

(March 16, 2020) – The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting unique challenges to the world community. Although our area counties have no known COVID-19 cases, the City of Farmington has made the decision, after careful consideration and reviewing information from Governor Mike Parsons, the Center for Disease Control, and local health officials, to close the Farmington Civic Center, the Farmington Public Library, and the Farmington OAKS Senior Center.

“This is unchartered territory for all us,” said Farmington Mayor Larry Forsythe.  “We are going with the recommendation of the governor and the CDC.  The main goal is to protect our most vulnerable citizens and to reduce the burden on the healthcare system.  The recommendations are to cancel or to suspend gatherings of 50 individuals or more and the need to practice social distancing.”

Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17, the Farmington OAKS Senior Center will be closed to the public.  Director Mona Yates said that no meals will be served at the Center.  The OAKS Center will continue deliveries to their regular home bound clients.  For those who come to the Center for their meals and are in need of meals, frozen meal packs are available.  For more information, call (573)756-1376

Beginning Wednesday, March 18, the Farmington Public Library will be closed through April 6.  Library Director Travis Trokey said that effective immediately, all library programs will be canceled, all meeting room reservations from March 18 through April 6 are cancelled, and effective immediately donations will not be accepted.

Trokey said that patrons of the library will not be charged fines from March 18 through April 6 and that patrons can still call the library at (573)756-5779 to renew books.  Trokey said library staff is working on a curbside service option for patrons who want to reserve materials for pickup.  Details will be forthcoming.

The Farmington Civic Center will be closed to patrons beginning Wednesday, March 17 through April 6.  The remainder of the FUTSAL league has been canceled.  Parents will be contacted to arrange pick up of medals and trophies.

Other Cancellations related to the Civic Center closing:

Senior Trip to Anheuser-Busch for Friday, March 20.

Indoor Triathlon for Saturday, March 21.

Lifeguard classes scheduled for March 27-29 (tentatively rescheduled to April 17-19)

Dog Bone Easter Hunt

Youth swim lessons scheduled for Saturday, March 21

“I ask that our citizen’s follow all the recommendations of our health officials and to make sure the information that they are getting about COVID-19 is from reputable sources like the St. Francois County Health Department and the Center for Disease Control,” said Mayor Forsythe.


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