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Friday, March 13, 2020

03/13/20 Kenai Peninsula Borough Recreational Service Areas - Temporary Closures March 16 - 22, 2020

Effective Monday 03/16/2020, all buildings at the North Peninsula Recreation (North Pen) in Nikiski Alaska and at the Sea Otter Community Center (SOCC) in Seldovia Alaska will be closed to the public March 16 – 22nd. The borough administration is aware that this decision may create added hardships to families that already have to find a place to take students as a result of the extended spring break.

The decision to close these facilities is in support of reducing the spread of COVID-19 virus. Minimizing large group gatherings and keeping yourself at a distance of six feet from others (social distancing) are known recommendations to effectively reduce the spread of the virus. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and the Center for Disease Control are emphasizing this and other means to reduce the possible exposure to vulnerable individuals. These individuals include our senior citizens and those that already have weakened immune systems. Please see the trusted resources below.

Staff at North Pen and SOCC will remain on current work schedules, which may be re-evaluated if an extended closure is required. Updates will be provided to ensure good communications among administration and staff.

In closing, critical services such as solid waste transfer facilities, fire & emergency services service areas and emergency dispatch services provided by the Soldotna Public Safety Communication Center will continue service the public and maintain regular operations.

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services:
Facebook page @alaska.dhss and Twitter page Alaska_DHSS
Residents may call the statewide information number 2-1-1 or 800-478-2221
Alaska Department of Health & Social Services dedicated webpage:
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has a dedicated webpage for staff, students and families:

MEDIA: Please contact Brenda Ahlberg, Kenai Peninsula Borough Public Information Officer for additional information 907-231-6505.

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