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Dallas libraries and rec centers are the latest on coronavirus hit list

Dallas libraries and rec centers are the latest on coronavirus hitlist

Dallas Public Library Erik Jonsson
Dallas Public Library will not be so public this week. Courtesy photo

It came for our parade and it took our concerts. Now the latest shutter: our parks and rec centers.

According to a release, public access is closed to all city of Dallas libraries, neighborhood cultural centers, and recreation centers, to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, AKA COVID-19.

It's part of a proclamation by Mayor Eric Johnson that declared Dallas a Local State of Disaster in response to evidence of community spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) within the city of Dallas.

So far, it's only a week: starting Saturday, March 14, through Friday, March 20.

All City programs are suspended until further notice and the City is contacting groups with reservations to cancel and reschedule those bookings.

Athletic fields will be closed for all reservations and organized play. For additional information from Parks & Recreation, please see

Dallas Public Library will still have staff answering phones and responding to customer emails. To find the contact information for your library branch, visit

For additional information about neighborhood cultural centers including the Bath House Cultural Center, Latino Cultural Center, Oak Cliff Cultural Center and South Dallas Cultural Center, visit