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<br /> <br /> <br />For Immediate Release Contact: Martha Bennett, City Manager <br />March 22, 2020 503-635-0215 <br /> <br /> City Declares State of Emergency and Closes City Buildings <br />to the Public as Result of COVID-19 Pandemic <br /> <br />LAKE OSWEGO – The City of Lake Oswego City Manager, Martha Bennett, has declared a local <br />state of emergency as a result of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). The World Health Organization <br />has declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic, and a state of emergency has been declared by <br />Governor Kate Brown and Clackamas County. <br /> <br />The Lake Oswego City Council will meet to act on the declaration of state of emergency relating <br />to COVID-19 pandemic at a special meeting at noon on March 23, 2020. If ratified by the <br />Council, this state of emergency will continue until 12:00 noon on April 5, 2020, unless the City <br />Council votes to extend it. <br /> <br />The declaration allows more flexibility and authorization for the City Manager to take actions to <br />help protect the health and safety of the community. <br /> <br />“These are extraordinary times in Lake Oswego,” said Mayor Kent Studebaker. “Our hearts go <br />out to the members of our community whose lives and businesses are disrupted. At the same <br />time, we are focused on doing everything we can to slow the spread of this virus. Toward that <br />end, we are in communication with our county and state legislators to get all the information <br />we can before crafting updated policies on Monday, March 23.” <br /> <br />“The declaration allows the City to adjust our operations as needed to prioritize core services,” <br />said City Manager Martha Bennett. “We must continue to deliver water, provide fire and police <br />services, and keep our infrastructure operating. We also need the flexibility to encourage and <br />enable social distancing and to provide some relief to residents, businesses, and city staff.” <br /> <br />While this emergency is in place, the City will not send shut-off notices or shut off water for <br />non-payment of unpaid water bills. The City may also relax or adjust enforcement of City codes, <br />including but not limited to parking restrictions. <br /> <br />In addition, the City announced today that City Hall, the Maintenance Center, the Water <br />Treatment Plant and all Fire Stations are closed to walk-in traffic effective immediately. This is <br />addition to earlier closures of the Adult Community Center, Lake Oswego Public Library, Indoor <br />Tennis Center and Parks and Recreation's Christ Church Parish location. Facilities are expected <br />to be closed until at least April 28, 2020.