Lake Forest has decided to reopen city hall to the public on May 18 and will hold it’s first city council meeting the following day May 19. Lake Forest’s 4th of July parade has been cancelled.
Lake Forest City Hall is reopening to the public on May 18, 2020. The hall is used for city meetings and will welcome the public for the city council meeting on May 19th.
Lake Forest City Hall was shut down on March 17 due to Covid-19, only three months after its grand opening in its new location. The decision to open city hall follows guidance from Governor Newsom’s plan to open the state.
City Hall will have plexiglas dividers between staff and the public as well as decals on the floor to note six feet social distancing practices.
At the city council meeting chairs will be set up to ensure 6 feet distancing. If the meeting attendance is high some attendees will be asked to wait outside until a seat becomes available.
Public comments are no longer being taken by email or phone.
Lake Forest City Hall has moved around the city to four locations and in December 2019 city hall permanently moved to its new home on Civic Center. City hall is intended to stay there as a “100-year home.”
Lake Forest City Hall is placed next to the Saddleback Mountains and Serrano Creek and said to be the civic heart and social center of the city.
4th of July Parade
Lake Forest has decided to cancel the 4th of July parade. The volunteer committee responsible for planning the parade were unable to meet due to Covid-19.
The City of Lake Forest – Government Facebook page posted about the cancellation and citizens were upset in the comments about the loss of the parade.
The city responded to a particular comment criticizing the move to open city hall now and not allow a public gathering outdoors two months in the future.
The City of Lake Forest – Government replied “It didn’t seem feasible that thousands of folks would socially distance along the route – and one of the big challenges is that the committee that plans the Parade hasn’t been able to meet.”
You can volunteer for the 2021 4th of July Parade by going to the Lake Forest 4th of July Parade Committee website. We have an extra year to come up with innovative and fun floats and parade experiences!