This is an updated version of what was published earlier on-line at www.parkerpioneer.net. As of March 25, this is the most accurate and up-to-date information we have.
Concerns over the coronavirus have led to closings and restrictions on some local entities. While no cases have been reported in La Paz County, local entities are trying to be proactive to prevent its spread. What follows is a list of what some local agencies are doing in regards to the threat posed by the coronavirus.
The schools are closed until at least April 10. All athletic events are cancelled until further notice.
CRIT Head Start will be closed at least through March 27. Staff will meet at that time to determine if the closure should be extended.
The Gingerbread House will remain open. The staff said they will stay open as they are taking care of many of the children of essential town and county employees.
Players Ninth Street Youth Center will remain closed until the schools re-open.
The Town of Parker offices will be open as usual. The Parker Police Department and Public Works Department will be doing their jobs as normal.
The Parker Public Library is closed.
The Colorado River Indian Tribes’ Tribal Council declared an emergency March 13. Tribal offices were temporarily closed to the public this week so they could be cleaned and sanitized. New procedures for cleaning are being put in place. Tribal enterprises remain open, but they are required to clean and sanitize regularly.
The Parker Community/Senior Center is closed to the public, as is the Mo-Chem-Ho-Na Tribal Senior Center. However, home-delivered meals will still be available. The Parker Senior Center will have meals available for pick-up or take-out from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Bonnie Baker Senior Center is Big River is open for take-out meals only. Please call the center by 9 a.m. the morning you wish to eat there. Be there at 11:25 a.m. to pick up your meal.
The Quartzsite Public Library and Community Center are closed until further notice. Residents are asked to limit their contact with staff at Town Hall. Utility and Magistrate Court payments can be made online or placed in the drop box at Town Hall.
La Paz County offices will remain open as usual. However, County Administrator Ron Drake said that could change, depending on new guidelines or directives from the state or the Centers for Disease Control.
The county libraries in Bouse and the Centennial Community Center have been directed to allow no more than 10 people inside at a time.
The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Service will be closed to all programs and activities that require individuals to be there in person. Their office will still be open for phone calls.
The BlueWater Resort & Casino has been closed until at least April 3. All concerts and special events have been cancelled through April 30. The theaters are closed, as are all the bars and restaurants.
ADOT’s Motor Vehicle Division offices will be limited only to those who have business that must be done in person. This will be by appointment only. For other services, customers are urged to go online to ServiceArizona.com.
The Bouse Booster Club has cancelled bingo for the remainder of the season.
The Parker Pioneer office is temporarily closed to the public. If you need to get a hold of the Pioneer, call 928-669-2275 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Around the nation, some churches have cancelled services or are performing them on line. Pastor Roger Yoder of Messiah Lutheran Church said they will be holding worship services and Bible study as usual until advised to do otherwise.
Here’s a partial list of the events that have been cancelled:
March 28- Soroptimist International of Parker “Blues & Brews” at County Park
March 29- Singspiration at the Parker United Methodist Church (Church of the Three Crosses)
April 4- La Paz Community Health Expo, Western Park
April 4- Bill Chrismer Memorial Golf Tournament
April 4- RUF MMA 40 at the BlueWater Resort & Casino
April 11- Town of Parker Eggstravangaza, Western Park
April 15- Open Mic Night at Arizona Western College
April 18 & 19- Spring Classic Boat Races at BlueWater Resort & Casino.
The best advice regarding any entity or private business is to call ahead and see if they are closed or have any restrictions in place.