CITY OF NEWPORT
LIMITING ACCESS TO CITY FACILITIES AND PROGRAMMING
Starting December 3, Oregon introduced a new framework of safety measures based on each county’s COVID-19 risk level. The new framework has four risk levels. At each risk level — Extreme Risk, High Risk, Moderate Risk, and Lower Risk — health and safety measures and guidance for businesses and individuals apply.
On Friday, January 1, Lincoln County will move from the “Extreme Risk” level to the “High Risk” level. The City of Newport facilities and programs will be maintaining the current status over the next two weeks, including:
- ● Newport City Hall will be open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M., or by appointment.
- ● The Newport Recreation and Aquatic Centers will be closed.
- ● The Library continues to be open for take-out only.
- ● The 60+ Activity Center remains closed.
- ● The Newport Municipal Court is closed until January 6, 2021.
- ● City Council, Planning Commission, and advisory committee meetings will be virtual, but viewable on Charter Channel 190 and live-streamed on the city website at www.newportoregon.gov. Public comment may be made at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone wishing to speak during a virtual meeting may make that request to email@example.com, at least four hours prior to the scheduled meeting.
The duration of the limitations and closures is unknown at this time. The City of Newport will be monitoring COVID statistics to determine if changes can be made to this schedule of closures by mid-January. Updates will be provided when available.
- It is important to note that there is no zero risk category. Until COVID-19 vaccines are widely available, health and safety precautions will remain in place so that schools, businesses, and communities can reopen – and stay open. For additional information regarding the risk framework visit the Oregon Health Authority website at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
- To prevent COVID-19 outbreaks at every risk level, everyone needs to continue to wear facemasks, watch physical distiancing, wash your hands early and often, stay home with sick and keep social gatherings small.
- The city looks forward to welcoming everyone back into its facilities and programs when it is able to maintain a consistent schedule in accordance with the State of Oregon COVID-19 Risk Level model. In the meantime, stay home, stay safe, and stay the course.