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Some Parks And Newport Farmers Market To Open

As of Tuesday, May 19, Lincoln City Parks & Recreation (LCP&R) is entering their Phase I of re-opening some facilities. The following LCP&R facilities are opening on 5/19/20: All Open Spaces and trails, Taft and Oceanlake Community Gardens, Parking lots at beach accesses, and the boat docks at Regatta and Holmes Rd. All other LCP&R facilities (including the Community Center, Senior Center, playgrounds, sports courts & sports fields, skate park and picnic shelters) are closed until Phase 2, at the earliest. Phase 2 is tentatively scheduled for 21 days after successful completion of Phase I. Lincoln City Parks and Recreation thanks the community for their patience as progression is made through their re-opening phases. They remind the public that plans are fluid and may change at any time.

The city of Toledo announced that they will be opening up their parks today as well. The Toledo Chamber announced that the Toledo Waterfront Market will also run as planned June through August every Thursday from 10am to 3pm. The booths are 10-feet apart and are safe for social distancing. At this time the Toledo Swap Meet will also be allowed June 28, 2020 and August 30,2020 from 8 am to 3 pm at Toledo Memorial Field. Admission $2.00 per person, Children under 12 Free. Admission fees go to charity.

On May 15, the city of Newport opened its parking lots, open parks, trails, and the dog park. This includes the Nye Beach Turnaround and other formerly closed open parks, trails, etc. in the city. Parks that will be closed until Phase Two include the Skate Park, playgrounds, and sports fields. Some city facilities are scheduled to open in the city’s Phase One, but will not be reopened until facility modifications are made. These spaces include: City Hall, Library (currently open for take-out), Recreation Center, and the Aquatic Center. An example of the types of modifications being made at City Hall include the installation of glass at counters.

The Newport City council approved for the Farmers Market to open starting June 6th at the parking lot across from Newport City Hall. There will be some restrictions and guidelines in place including a limit of 50 patrons at a time and no pets; each booth will be at least 10-feet apart; There will be one entrance in and one entrance out; The market will appoint a social distance officer to make sure that space is maintained between customers; No food samples, food must be to go only; no entertainment; hand sanitizer will be available. Masks must be worn by merchants and customers utilizing CDC guidelines. City manager Spencer Nebel commented that "this establishes a good base to start with a phase 1 opening."

The public is asked to adhere to the Governor’s guidelines in utilizing these spaces:

· Stay home if ill

· Remain 6 ft apart from anyone not in your household

· Use areas at off-peak times

· No group gatherings larger than 25 people

· Stagger parking to allow 6 feet distance

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