Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued a state-wide order which states:
* “Individuals are directed to minimize travel, other than essential travel to or from a home, residence, or workplace;
* for obtaining or providing food, shelter, essential consumer needs, education, health care, or emergency services;
* for essential business and government services;
* for the care of family members, household members, elderly persons, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons, pets or livestock; * * * * travel as directed by government officials, law enforcement, or courts; and other essential travel consistent with the directives of my Executive Orders and guidance from the Oregon Health Authority.”
- ● Practice social distancing and stay six feet away from anyone who doesn’t live in your immediate household, including when outdoors.
- ● Stay close to home rather than traveling. The Governor’s Executive Order says outdoor activities are OK, but to limit travel.
- ● Stay home if you are sick.
- ● Wash hands frequently.
- WHAT CAN I DO DURING THESE CLOSURES? Stay at home, in your community, and honor Governor Brown’s Executive Order No. 20-12.
- ARE THE BEACHES OPEN? The beaches in Oregon are under the purview of Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department. While state parks have been closed, this decision does not currently affect the ocean shore, but it does close all state park-managed parking lots and beach accesses.
- All beach accesses through Newport parks are also closed. And, while some beach accesses are through private property, use of private property to access the beach, without the consent of the property owner, may be considered trespassing.
But generally, please do not travel to visit the beach. The beach will still be here when this pandemic is over, and traveling to the beach from outside the area is a violation of Governor Brown’s Executive Order limiting travel to essential travel.
ARE CITY PARKS OPEN? All parks in the City of Newport were closed by Emergency Order No. 2020-01 on March 24, 2020. The parks will be closed until further notice.
* STAY-AT-HOME ACTIVITIES: City of Newport on-line activity resources – The City of Newport Recreation Center and 60+ Activity Center have on-line programming to help people stay fit during the COVID- 19 pandemic. Programs for both facilities can be accessed at https://www.newportoregon.gov/recreation.
* GO FOR A WALK – Get out in your neighborhood and walk. This is a great opportunity to discover the spring flowers, birds, and wave at your neighbors from at least six feet away. On-Line exercise programming – since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a myriad of on-line exercise programs have sprung up providing another opportunity to stay active.
* READ A BOOK – The Newport Public Library has a multitude of electronic options for Library cardholders. Don’t have a Library card? Sign up for a temporary eCard on the Library website at www.newportlibrary.org.
* VIRTUAL VISITING – There are a myriad of electronic options for visiting family, friends, and neighbors. A few of these include: Zoom, Google Hang Out, FaceTime, and Skype. Many of these have free options, and provide a great way to stay in touch remotely. And, of course, there is the telephone – pick it up and call family or friends.
* Catch up on outdoor home projects – make a list of all those outdoor projects that you have not been able to accomplish, and start checking them off one at a time. Upgrade your landscaping; straighten out your wood pile; trim your hedges; separate and plant bulbs; clean your outdoor furniture; sit in your yard and read a book; and more!
* Get your garden started – clean out the garden and get it ready for this year’s growing season. Plant onion sets, lettuces and other greens, order seeds on-line, and prepare for a plentiful growing season.
* Keep up the good work Newport!