The Newport City Council had a verrrrrry long meeting Monday night. Lots on the table. First off City Councilor David Allen spent his first evening as the city’s new City Attorney. (A correction from the first version of this story).
The council announced that the Newport Farmers Market will open June 6th. The farmers market will have widely separated tables to keep people socially distanced. All exhibits must be 10 feet apart so as to not cause crowding. All food will be take out only…no free samples as in earlier years and no musical entertainment as in past years. And carry hand sanitize for your family. AND FACE MASKS ARE REQUIRED. The Farmers Market has one way in and one way out to avoid any bunching up of visitors. No more than 50 visitors at a time.
The city council also learned that with a steep-drop-off of tax revenues to the city there will be worker furloughs over the year ahead. One to two weeks without pay could trigger unemployment insurance benefits but city workers have to file for them.
Newport City Hall will open on a limited basis starting Friday, the beginning of Phase 1. Airport and its FBO will open Friday. Municipal Court opens in Phase 2 which comes a little later.
Library patrons may place holds through the online catalog at encore.oceanbooks.org or by calling the library at 541.265.2153. Returned items will NOT be checked in immediately. There is a 72-hour quarantine period. Only one Library Take Out appointment per household/per week. Please notify the Library if someone else will be picking up your holds. The Library will not take requests at the door. As far as the library being open in Phase 2 and open to browsing, our facility is not scheduled to open until facility modifications are made. Those decisions are still being made in regards to patrons shopping for books themselves in the library.
The city Recreation Center will be another two weeks with its doors closed but open after that. The Aquatic Center will open in Phase 2. City parks and trails, playgrounds and skate park will re-open in Phase 2. The Performing Arts Center and Visual Arts Center will open in Phase 2. No large entertainment events will be allowed until Phase 3.
Other re-opening information can be found on Newport’s website at NewportOregon.gov. Follow the website closely due to the city’s overall fluid situation…just like other cities and counties.