CORAL SPRINGS, FL – To contain the expected spread of the coronavirus, the City of Coral Springs declared Friday a state of emergency.

That means, all major events of more than 200 people are now suspended, and city officials can now buy emergency supplies, vehicles and other essentials without going through the traditional procurement processes.

“This is not out of fear but to be proactive,” Mayor Scott Brook said during the City Commission meeting in which commissioners voted unanimously to make the declaration.

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The city’s parks will remain open and youth recreational programs will continue, officials said. But activities at the city’s senior center are suspended and so are special needs programs.

The canceled or postponed events include Our Town America, a swim meet at the city’s swimming center, MLK golf tournament, Coral Springs Farmer’s Market, and the dedication of the Walter “Skip” Campbell Avenue.

The new event restriction does not impact schools or places of worship.  

At Broward Health Coral Springs, officials said they reduced visiting times for people coming to see patients at the hospital, except for patients in the maternity and pediatric units. Visiting hours are now: 8-11:30 am and 5-8 pm. Also, they installed a screening system for people coming into the hospital with potential virus symptoms.

“We want to flatten the curve and spread,” said Dr. Gary Lai, chief of emergency medicine at the hospital.    

In addition, The Coral Springs Charter School will go to online learning, starting next week.