Guidelines set for city facilities during Phase 1

The City of Lebanon on Friday, May 15, issued guidelines for reopening city facilities under Phase 1 of Gov. Kate Brown’s plan, announced Thursday.

Here are details:


Based on general guidance from the Governor’s Office and Oregon Health Authority, Phase 1 is focused on maintaining minimal contact for the safety of employees and the public, while beginning to provide expanded services.

City staff will continue operating under modified work conditions, which may include continued telecommuting or staggering of shifts, with some employees returning to full schedule within the City facilities.

• Senior Center – Remains closed to the public. Because the Senior Center services the most at-risk population, the facility will remain closed through Phase One and until further notice. Focus will be on reaching out to the senior population remotely, through virtual programming and classes using GoToMeeting, Zoom and Facebook. Prescription and grocery pick-up, and wellness/check-in calls to seniors in the Lebanon community will continue. Cascades West Council of Governments continues the Meals-on-Wheels program and meal pick-up. See the City of Lebanon website and Senior Center Facebook page for detailed information about available services.

• LINX Transit – Dial-A-Bus will continue operations, Monday through Friday. LINX Loop will remain unavailable through Phase One and until further notice.

• Library – Remains closed to the public. Library online catalog and services will remain available, and the Library will begin providing curbside pick-up as an additional service. See the city’s website and the library’s Facebook page for details.

• Courts – Court proceedings will begin in June.

• Police – Lobby will remain closed until court proceedings resume in June.

• City Hall – City Hall will not be open to walk-ins, but will be scheduling appointments to provide in-person service.

• Maintenance/Parks – Playground and sports courts will remain closed in accordance with OHA guidance. Restrooms are open. City will not be accepting reservations for parks at this time. Maintenance operations are continuing with no reduction of service.

Public Meetings

• The Governor’s Order 20-16 specifically stated that public meetings should be held virtually, when possible. This guidance was put in place and tied to Executive Order 20-03, which is the Declaration of Emergency tied to the coronavirus response, NOT Executive Order 20-12 which was the Stay Home, Save Lives Order.

• For the foreseeable future, public meetings will continue to be virtual, when feasible.

• Commission and committee meetings will be scheduled when there are necessary agenda items to be addressed, and hosted virtually.