CITY OF NEWPORT REVISED FACE MASK POLICY EFFECTIVE MARCH 12, 2022
Contact: Peggy Hawker 541.574.0613
Over the past two years, we have all become accustomed to multiple changes in policies and regulations related to COVID-19. As a result of the significant decrease in COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations, the City Council has taken steps to reduce masking requirements for the general public and city employees.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown, and the Oregon Health Authority, are lifting the rule requiring masks to be worn in indoor public spaces and schools, effective at the end of the day on Friday, March 11. The city has constantly followed the guidance and regulations from the Governor and the Oregon Health Authority on managing COVID-19 within city facilities.
In order to remain consistent with the new guidelines, the city’s COVID-19 Visitor Face Covering Policy will be terminated as of midnight on March 11. Visitors will no longer be required to wear masks when visiting or using city facilities, including the Library, Recreation Center, City Hall etc., beginning Saturday March 12.
In addition, effective Saturday March 12, city employees will not be required to wear face masks at work, except for employees responding to medical emergencies.
While the Performing Arts Center and the Visual Arts Center are city facilities, they are operated by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, and may continue requiring masks for ticketed events. The Visual Arts Center and the Performing Arts Center box office will not be requiring masks effective Saturday, March 12.
Visitors and employees may continue wearing face masks on a voluntary basis if they choose to do so.
It is anticipated that City Council, Planning Commission, and city committee meetings will return to in-person meetings effective April 4, 2022. The City Council will make a final determination on the return to in-person meetings at its regular meeting of March 21, 2022.