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Another step toward restoring “normalcy” in Lincoln County

Message from Newport City Manager Spencer Nebel

Lincoln County has now moved to into Phase Two of the COVID-19 regulations, as outlined by the Governor’s various emergency declarations. The City’s own emergency declarations provide that certain facilities will begin opening because of this change. It is important to note that while we are reopening facilities, we are far from operating in a pre-COVID-19 environment in the City of Newport. Please review times and regulations that have been put in place for those facilities that are now open to the public.
 
We are fortunate that COVID-19 infections have been significantly lower in Lincoln County during the past few weeks compared to earlier this summer. However, COVID-19 is expected to experience a rebound across the country this fall. This, along with the flu season, will present health challenges to our community. It is critical that we continue to practice social distancing, frequently wash our hands, and wear appropriate masks when in public settings where social distancing cannot be achieved. Also, we encourage folks to take advantage of the flu vaccinations that are widely available in the community. Reducing the impact of this flu season will reduce the use of our medical facilities to treat any rebound of COVID that we may experience on the coast.
 
I want to thank everyone for their support and patience during this extremely challenging year, with the COVID-19 emergency in March, the water emergency in June, and the recent wildfires that had a profound impact on properties in north Lincoln County. Like many others, I will be celebrating the conclusion of 2020 with thoughts and prayers that 2021 will be a much less eventful year for all of us!

Re-Opening Information – Phase Two

Re-Opening of Facilities, Programming, and Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Newport closed facilities, programming, and meetings back in March. But since then, Lincoln County has entered Phase Two of the re-opening and the city is working on its re-opening plan moving forward. Re-opening will be a process for the city as many buildings required modification to re-open, and in some cases, the modifications are not complete. This could potentially delay the full re-opening of various facilities.

The following facilities will open, at some level, during the week of October 5, 2020:

1. City Hall, including the Police Department, will be open from 8:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M., Monday through Thursday. The building will be closed during the previous open hours of 3:00 – 5:00 P.M., on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The building will remain closed on Fridays except by appointment. The Friday closure is designed to allow the reduced staff (due to budget cuts) to continue to support city services. Access to City Hall during open hours will be through the main entrance (Highway 101 entrance).

2. Events may occur at the Airport subject to gathering restrictions imposed by Governor Brown and appropriate physical distancing.

3. The Library will tentatively re-open, on a limited basis, on October 19 for computer usage by appointment only. Access to Library materials will continue through the Library’s Take-Out Service.

4. The Recreation Center will re-open on October 6 by reservation only. Organized sports will resume at a date to be determined.

5. The Aquatic Center re-opened on October 6 by appointment only.  Organized sports will resume at a date to be determined.

6. Playgrounds and sports facilities will re-open. Organized practices on sports fields will be scheduled after meeting with city staff.

7. The Visual Arts Center will re-open on October 24, and will be operating on a modified schedule to be determined.

8. The 60+ Activity Center will remain closed until further notice.

Staff is studying the issue of city meetings. Until further notice, all City Council, Planning Commission, and city advisory committee meetings will occur virtually – that is, over the internet. Information regarding meeting participation in the city’s meetings can be found here.

Anyone entering a city facility will be required to wear a mask and have a temperature scan.

The re-opening of any city facility, program, and meeting is subject to change.

Questions should be directed to Peggy Hawker, or at 541.574.0613.

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