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Menlo Park COVID-19 Pandemic News

Posted on: May 22, 2021

5/22/2021 - COVID-19 recovery: Menlo Park plans for reopening

Last year, we closed facilities to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Essential city services like public safety, emergency maintenance and child care continued in-person. Most other city services changed format to virtual, online and curbside pickup.

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As vaccinations rise, Menlo Park prepares to expand access to city services and facilities. Check out our 4-phase reopening plan for the next 4-6 months (partial list):

Phase 1

  • July 1 – Picnic area reservations
  • July 6 – Main Library and Belle Haven Branch library
  • July 6 – Police lobby
  • July 12 –Senior meals and services at Arrillaga Family Recreation Center and Main Library

Phase 2

  • Aug. 2021 – Indoor classes and programs for children, youth, people with special needs
  • Aug. 2021 – Small-scale special event permits
  • Sept. 2021 – Indoor classes and programs for the general population
  • Sept. 2021 – Indoor public meetings (City Council and advisory bodies)

Phase 3

  • Sept. 2021 – Indoor gymnasium access
  • Oct. 2021 – City Hall general public access
  • Nov. 2021 – Indoor gymnastics

Phase 4

  • Dec. 2021 – Large-scale special events
  • Dec. 2021 – Indoor facility rentals
  • Dec. 2021 – All other indoor access

All dates are tentative and subject to change. More details about specific operating hours and safety precautions to be announced. Get the latest at

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