PALMDALE — The city of Palmdale is making Poncitlán Square available to the faith-based community this weekend for a time of prayer, while still maintaining social distancing practices during the COVID-19 crisis.
The availability is in answer to concerns expressed to City Manager J.J. Murphy, by local clergy, regarding the impact of the COVID-19 isolation on their congregations.
“By offering Poncitlán Square, we hope that this will help bring some of those church members together in a way that is safe through proper social distancing while providing hope and comfort through inspirational messages and prayer,” Management Analyst Terrie Zayas said. “Guests will be able to participate by listening to the message from the comforts of their vehicles or by enjoying the sunshine while sitting in the park on a blanket or chair six feet apart.”
Any faith-based group in the Antelope Valley may contact the city to reserve a 75-minute time slot, which includes 15 minutes to set up and break down and 45 minutes of prayer.
All guests are encouraged to remain in their vehicles or to practice safe social distancing and wear face coverings. Anyone who is ill should not attend.
The city will provide a sound system and a couple microphones for groups’ use. Any other equipment needs are up to the organizations.
To reserve a time, contact Terrie Zayas at 661-267-5937 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If there is enough interest, Poncitlán Square will be made available next Sunday, as well.