City cancels events, temporarily closes some facilities


The City of Cottage Grove has been carefully following the information from Lane County Public Health, Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Today Governor Kate Brown announced urgent new rules to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon.

Gov. Brown has ordered that all large gatherings over 250 people be canceled statewide effective immediately for four weeks. A gathering is defined as any event in a space in which appropriate social distancing of a minimum of six feet radius cannot be maintained.

In order to comply with this order and the guidance from Lane County Public Health, effective immediately all events in the Cottage Grove Armory are canceled. City staff has contacted the event organizers. The Climate Action Town Hall organizers canceled their event yesterday and may be organizing online opportunities.

Additionally, to comply with the governor’s orders to reduce activities, especially for organizations with individuals at increased risk of severe illness and to help reduce the possible spread of the COVID-19 among vulnerable people the Cottage Grove Community Center and Library will be closed to the public Friday, March 13 until March 30, 2020. Library services will remain available online and by phone. Staff will continue working at the facility and the facility will undergo more advanced cleaning to prepare the facility for possible use in the future. Staff carefully considered the demographics of the population that use the Community Center and the ability to follow social distancing recommendations.

At this time no cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Cottage Grove or Lane County. Anyone with questions about COVID-19 should visit the Lane County Public Health website or call the Lane County Community Call Center at (541)-682-1380. The Lane County Public Health website includes links to the Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization.

These actions are being taken as a precaution and to protect the operation of essential City services.

City Hall remains open to the public. All city services continue. City staff is taking additional precautions to protect the health of citizens and employees.

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