Some public facilities close for freeze


LINCOLN COUNTY — The county government and cities will close some facilities and limit access to others during the two-week freeze from Nov. 18 through Dec. 2.

Some facilities are mandated to close under the terms of the freeze announced by Gov. Kate Brown on Friday, including gyms and pools. Lincoln City is closing its pool and recreation center, as is Newport, which is also closing the library except for take-out materials. Newport is also resuming its virtual city council meetings, having gone to “hybrid” meetings only a few weeks ago, but city hall will remain open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday though Thursday.

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved an order during their meeting Monday closing most county facilities to the public during the freeze, including offices in the courthouse. Transit will remain operational, records department services can be obtained via appointment, and the court itself will set its own guidelines as a state agency.

Not all municipalities have announced new closures, but given the requirement to mandate work-from-home where possible and close offices to the public, they’re likely to be implemented everywhere. Readers are advised to check their local government website or call before attempting to attain in-person services.

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