City of Ann Arbor to Alter Operations to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

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Archived News Release: March 12, 2020 - ​In an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the City of Ann of Ann Arbor is taking proactive steps to follow state and county health officials' recommendations. These measures will not impact critical services such as drinking water, police, fire, emergency operations, waste and recycling collection, however, some city functions may be modified.   

“Science tells us that we need decisive action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19," said City of Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor. “It's important we all take steps to protect our community and follow state recommendations such as, limiting non-essential work travel, encouraging employees to telework when feasible and following social distancing measures. By working together, we can slow the spread of illness." 

Beginning on Friday, March 13, through Sunday, April 5, 2020, please be advised of the following:

  • All permitted events expecting 50 or more people will be cancelled. Any event with 50 or fewer people will only be permitted if proper social distancing procedures are addressed.

  • All parks facilities will be closed and facility recreation events will be cancelled. Parks themselves, will remain open for general use. Beginning on Saturday, March 14, the Farmers Market will close.

  • Some Board and Commission meetings will be cancelled, so please check the city's meeting calendar for the most up-to-date information.  

  • City Council and Planning Commission meetings will take place as scheduled, however, we do encourage the public to take advantage of watching the live streamed meetings or  utilize ecomment for agenda items of interest.

  • To pay parking tickets, water bills, property taxes, apply for permits as well as other customer service options, residents and visitors are encouraged to take advantage of online services by visiting

“While we understand the city's response to slowing the spread of the COVID-19 actions may cause some frustration, our commitment to keeping our employees and the public safe, while still delivering city services, is our highest priority," said Interim City Administrator Tom Crawford. 

The city will continue to monitor this rapidly evolving situation and coordinate closely with our local partners, including Washtenaw County Health Department, to determine if further changes to operations are needed. This and other information will be shared via the city's website at as well as our Facebook, Twitter and NextDoor pages.

For the latest COVID-19 health information, please visit or the Centers for Disease Control

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Ann Arbor has 123,851 residents, spans 28.97 square miles and is frequently recognized as a foremost place to live, learn, work, thrive and visit. To keep up with City of Ann Arbor information, subscribe for email updates, and follow the city on Twitter and Facebook. The city's mission is to deliver exceptional services that sustain and enhance a vibrant, safe and diverse community.