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Stay home, stay healthy and stay connected, Salem - 03/23/20

Salem, Ore. -- At the City of Salem, we take seriously direction from our Governor and public health agencies. Together, with everyone doing their part, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the severity of risk to everyone in our community. We ask your patience and cooperation as measures are put in place to protect you and the entire community.

The Centers for Disease Control and the Oregon Health Authority continue to advise that we should stay home to stay healthy. If you must go out, to pick up food from a grocery store or local restaurant, maintain necessary social distancing of six or more feet.

You can count on us. Our City will continue to provide emergency response, public safety and other essential services, including water service to all customers. We’re making provisions for employees to provide service to our community by working remotely where possible, and if needed, in offices with appropriate social distancing and separation. To help keep our community safe and continue sharing critical information to our community, we are re-purposing our staff and resources to essential services where possible. 

For the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 virus and how to protect your health, please visit Oregon Health Authority. For health-related questions, contact 2-1-1.

Changes to City services and programs. To do our part in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce opportunities for continued transmission of the virus, we are making changes to some of our programs and services including:

  • Civic Center. Our administrative offices are closed as of Tuesday, March 24, 2020. You can contact us with questions. Many City services are available to the community via our website. Building permits and land use applications may be submitted online. Utility billsparking tickets, and other business with the City may also be conducted online.
  • City Council meetings. The City Council put temporary public meeting procedures in place, to ensure continuation of necessary City business while complying with social distancing guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Meetings are limited to fewer than 25 people, including members of the governing body, the public and staff. Real-time remote viewing of these meetings is available online on the City of Salem Facebook page, Comcast Cable CCTV Channel 21, or on the CCTVSalem YouTube channel. In-person public comment is suspended at meetings. Public testimony may be provided in advance of the meeting by email to cityrecorder@cityofsalem.net.
  • Parks and Public Spaces. Playground equipment, restroom facilities, sports courts, skate parks, drinking fountains and splash fountains in Salem’s parks are closed effective immediately until further notice. All dog parks are also closed. Picnic tables are being removed from shelters and pavilions. No group gatherings are allowed. Where it is possible to maintain social distancing, pathways and open spaces in our parks are open. If everyone does their part, together we can help slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk to everyone in our community. New local use restrictions are in place through April 28, 2020.

    Portable toilets, which are seen as a safer option for social distancing, will be available at Marion Square Park during daylight hours, and 24 hours a day, seven days a week at Wallace Marine Park and Cascades Gateway Park. These facilities are being made available to support the unsheltered population that is in habiting these parks, and to avoid a greater sanitation problem. The parks will continue to be maintained with appropriate landscape maintenance, repairs, garbage removal and safety inspections. Salem Parks asks for patience as signs and closures are implemented at the city’s 91 park properties.

See COVID-19, Your City and You for a more complete list of City measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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