Depoe Bay boat launch reopens


DEPOE BAY — During its special meeting on Tuesday, May 12, the Depoe Bay City Council voted to reopen the boat launch and some other public facilities.
The barricade at the boat launch was removed at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 14, when the transient moorage dock also opened to vessels. The city park opens Friday, May 15, with the gazebo and playground staying closed until further notice. Public restrooms remain closed downtown and at the harbor, but the city will provide a portable restroom near the public boat launch ramp and harbormaster’s shack. Fish cleaning stations will remain closed.
Depoe Bay will post COVID-19-related signage, as required by the Oregon Health Authority for the reopening of outdoor recreation facilities, and asks the public to keep at least 6 feet of physical distance between parties per those health authority requirements.
City hall remains closed until further notice — it is accessible by appointment only and during public meetings, for which the city asks the public to wear face coverings — and the Depoe Bay Community Hall’s closure has been extended to September 1.
The Port of Newport also opened the South Beach boat launch Thursday, a week out from all-depth halibut season on May 21.

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