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Fri, Mar 13, 2020


March 13, 2020 – Astoria, OR – The City of Astoria has determined that program closures within the Astoria Parks Department and Astoria Public Library are proactively necessary to address health and safety concerns in conjunction with the current State of Oregon Executive Orders and recommendations for social distancing.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has declared a statewide emergency and has prohibited gatherings of more than 250 people. Additionally, schools statewide have been closed for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16, 2020.

In order to address the executive order, the City of Astoria has also been working closely with the Clatsop County Health Department to determine City program closures to help minimize any exposure to COVID-19.  City Staff has determined that closures in the Astoria Parks Department and at the Astoria Public Library are necessary.

 “After careful consideration with public health authorities and City staff, this is the appropriate choice to move forward in our community,” said Mayor Bruce Jones. “We recognize that this decision will be a hardship for families who utilize these facilities, but it is a prudent measure to take to ensure the health and well-being of our patrons and staff”

The Astoria Parks Department will be closing facilities and programs at the close of business, Friday, March 13.

Specifically, Lil’ Sprouts Academy at Port of Play, located in the Gray School Building will close at 5:30 p.m.

Kids Zone at the Astoria Recreation Center will close after the last fitness class at 7:30 pm.

The Aquatic Center will close at 7:00 pm.

These Parks Department closures will follow the Governor’s school closure timeframe through March 31. During the closure staff will work to clean the facilities and develop policies and protocols for reopening.

The Astoria Public Library will continue to operate normal hours and offer access for individual users. Regularly scheduled adult and children’s programs and third party uses of the Flag Room have been suspended through April 8, 2020.

For more information, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 503-325-5824.

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