From Newport Mayor Dean Sawyer:
I attended the daily briefing at the Newport Emergency Coordinating Center and everyone was practicing social distancing and most were wearing masks. Some of the latest info:
* Still only four Covid-19 cases from around the county, Listos members are assisting the county call-in center giving translation services.
* PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) is still in short supply for city workers and county workers as well. Parts availability for public works are starting to be in short supply. The city has instituted a mask and thermometer policy for city workers and visitors to City Hall.
* I have been getting public complaints all week about an uptick in tourists returning to Newport due to the nice weather. I asked the City to put out a press release to the news media both locally and to the Willamette Valley and beyond. I want to remind everyone who wants to come here to please obey announcements by the Governor, Lincoln County and Newport, Don’t come to the coast! ANYONE WHO DOESN’T LIVE HERE AND IS STOPPED BY AUTHORITIES CAN BE LOOKING AT A $1,250 TICKET. Day-trippers are not allowed on our beaches or beach parking lots. If they see anyone using the beaches or driving around barricades to get to the beaches they will be swiftly dealt with.
We are also getting complaints about visitors coming here and not abiding by social distancing guidelines not to mention ignoring stay-at-home requirements. VISITORS!! PLEASE COME LATER – AFTER THE CORONA VIRUS INVASION IS OVER!
I want our out-of-town friends to know that Newport loves its visitors and it is truly a difficult decision to tell guests to stay home. But for the protection of both residents and visitors please stay home until the COVID-19 pandemic is over. Visitors to the coast will be given Newport’s “Friendliest Welcome” when the time is right which is NOT now – NOT this weekend – and NOT until the Governor lifts her Executive Order No. 20-12.
All state and city parks are closed, including the South Beach State Park, South Jetty Road, Don and Ann Davis Park, Nye Beach Turnaround parking lot, Agate Beach Wayside, the Yaquina Head Interpretive Center, and others.
So for now, please recreate near your homes.
Thanks for your understanding,
Dean Sawyer, Mayor of Newport