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Nov. 18 shuttering is in response to the beginning of Gov. Kate Brown's statewide two-week COVID 'freeze'

Oregon City's municipal pool and Ermatinger House museum closed Nov. 18 in response to the beginning of Gov. Kate Brown's statewide two-week COVID "freeze."

COURTESY PHOTO - Poetry winners in Preserve Our Past contest join their families at the historic Ermatinger House this summer.Oregon City's museum and pool had opened for limited hours under Phase 1 reopening rules.

City officials say they're still providing essential functions. The public is urged to access city services through telephone, email, website or other electronic means.

City Hall, Community Development, Police, Municipal Court, and Public Works Operations and Engineering offices are open, with limited hours, to serve those who do not have access to electronic communication.

Masks and social distancing are required when visiting facilities; city officials encourage members of the public to not visit city offices if they are feeling unwell.

City Manager Tony Konkol said many staff members are working from home, but limited staff are keeping city buildings open.

"If we get into a position where we're reduce any more, we're essentially closing facilities," Konkol said. "I do feel it's important that we're open and available to the community that's still here."

Meetings of the city commission, advisory boards and committees will continue to be held, and participation is encouraged virtually. Instructions on how to access commission, committee and board meetings can be found on the city's website, orcity.org. To participate virtually, access the meeting agenda for specific instructions and contact information.


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