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City Hall and Municipal Court continue transactions by phone and online during COVID-19 emergency.

Beaverton has extended its closures of city buildings through Sunday, March 29.

The building closures do not affect remote business transactions by phone and internet with city staff. The closures are intended to minimize the potential spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus through over-the-counter transactions and human contact.

"Beaverton remains open for business and we're doing everything we can to provide necessary services and remote options," Mayor Denny Doyle said in a statement. "It is important that we all act responsibly, do what we can to get ahead of this situation, and take time now to plan for future city operations."

The closures, which took effect on Wednesday, affect The Beaverton Building/City Hall and the Griffith Drive Building that houses the municipal court. The main library and the Murray Scholls branch remain closed. The passport counter on the first floor of The Beaverton Building/City Hall, which is not a city service, is closed through April 1.

Essential services will continue such as police and public works. The Beaverton Severe Weather Shelter at the Beaverton Community Center will continue to operate through its scheduled seasonal closure at the end of March.

Doyle invoked a city emergency declaration one week ago. It triggered the city's emergency operations center. The City Council approved, and he signed on Tuesday, a second declaration calling a temporary halt to residential evictions for the duration of the emergency. Doyle already suspended water shutoffs and library fines.

The City Council plans to meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in the first-floor chambers. The agenda is limited to action on two time-dependent ordinances and the public is urged to watch via Tualatin Valley Community TV.

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