The city of Woodburn announced that it has created a "community road map" to outline some local specifics regarding the Phase 1 reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns that have been in effect this spring.
The announcement came on the heels of some positive trends.
"Good numbers and news in week one of phase one. Marion County and our 97071 ZIP code cases and hospitalizations have shown a downward trend the past two weeks, even with an increase in testing — thanks, Woodburn Ambulance," Woodburn Mayor Eric Swenson posted on social media Friday. "Our cases per 100,000 dropped from over 700 to 92 during that two-week window."
"The city of Woodburn placed an order for over 20,000 cloth masks from the Fjord company with grant, business and service club donations," Swenson added.
Marion County was approved for a limited reopening by Gov. Kate Brown's office and the Oregon Health Authority on May 20; the reopening went into effect May 22.
Woodburn spokesman Tommy Moore noted that Phase 1 of the approved community road map allows reopening of several types of businesses and services, while keeping sanitation, physical distancing, face covering and crowd size measures in place.
Moore underscored a number of Woodburn-specific reopenings beginning Monday.
• The Woodburn Public Library will resume service to the public at noon; new operating hours are noon to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.
"It might take a little longer for items to become available, as all returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours to ensure the health and safety of library users and staff," Moore said.
• Park restrooms at Centennial and Legion parks will be open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed on weekends. There will be portable restrooms in service on the weekends.
• The tennis court and skate park at Settlemier Park, and the dog park at Centennial Park will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Additionally, Woodburn Transit will continue a fareless reduced schedule until further notice. Moore said the idea is to help community members with important trips during what may be financially trying times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hours of operation are:
• Fixed Route, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
• Express Route, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• Dial-a-Ride, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
All Woodburn City Hall Offices, and the Aquatic Center, will remain closed until further notice. All recreation programs, including city-sponsored community festivals and events, are canceled through Aug 31.
"As we begin to reopen Woodburn and invite our neighbors and friends back, it is important as a community that we are diligent in our practices to follow the safety guidelines put in place for your safety as well as others," Moore stressed. "We thank you for your patience and support and look forward to seeing you in our facilities and public spaces again soon."
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