City Status & News
On March 22, 2020, the City of Lake Oswego declared a local state of emergency as a result of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Although the pandemic continues, the declaration is no longer in effect. The CIty continues to follow all state guidelines.
On October 27, 2020, Governor Brown extended Oregon's declaration of a state of emergency regarding COVID-19 for an additional 60 days, until January 2, 2021.
Reopening Lake Oswego and Clackamas County
In May 2020, Governor Kate Brown approved Clackamas County to begin Phase 1 of reopening. Entering Phase 1 meant that we could begin easing restrictions on local gatherings and that certain businesses could open as soon as they meet specific state safety guidelines. On June 17, Governor Brown grouped Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington together as one region. The entire tri-county region will remain in Phase 1 until specific health indicators are met and will move together through future reopening decisions. Governor Brown will make the determination when the three counties together will become eligible for Phase 2
On June 17, Governor Brown also announced plans for face covering requirements and outlined next steps in county reopening process. The face covering requirement is in effect statewide. Face coverings must be worn in indoor public spaces.
On October 19, Governor Brown and Oregon Health Authority revised the statewide guidance on face coverings. Specifically, the guidance requires that people wear face coverings in all private and public workplaces including classrooms, offices, meeting rooms and workspaces, unless someone is alone in an office or in a private workspace.
Masks, face coverings or face shields are currently required statewide for all workplaces and indoor public spaces (for example offices, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores and more). Masks, face coverings or face shields are also required at outdoor businesses and in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing of at least six feet is not possible.
OHA recommends wearing a face covering or mask instead of a face shield, except in limited situations when a face shield by itself is appropriate, like talking to someone who is deaf or hard of hearing and needs to read lips to communicate.
Children age 5 and older are required to wear a face covering. People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from a business, public space or workspace if they cannot wear one.
Visit Oregon Health Authority (OHA) for more information on face coverings.
On September 24, the Governor updated the statewide guidance for gatherings and indoor social get-togethers.
“Gathering” means a group of individuals meeting for a common purpose including faith-based, civic, cultural and other purposes, indoors or outdoors. A gathering does not include an indoor social get-together.
“Indoor social get-together” means a group of individuals meeting for a common social or recreational purpose indoors. Indoor social get-togethers include but are not limited to indoor dinner parties, birthday parties, graduation parties, celebrations of any kind, potlucks, book clubs, game nights, and other similar indoor gatherings. Indoor social get-togethers do not include gatherings.
For Clackamas County and other phase 1 counties the maximum capacity for gatherings is:
- 50 people indoors
- 50 people outdoors
Statewide, no matter what phase a county is in, the maximum capacity for an indoor social get-together is:
- 10 people indoors.
Confused about gathering limits? Please refer to Clackamas County's chart.
- Counties that meet specific prerequisites may be able to enter Phase 2. Wider reopening includes recreational sports, venues like movie theaters, bowling alleys, and arcades, pools, and increased in-office work.
For specific guidelines and the most current information, visit the Governor's COVID-19 website.
What does this mean for Lake Oswego?
For Lake Oswego, the health, safety, and wellness of our community and staff continues to be the City’s top priority. We will continue to comply with the Executive Orders and will work within the Governor’s framework for reopening Oregon.
The City will continue to provide essential services - such as police and fire protection, quality drinking water, and well-maintained infrastructure - to the people of Lake Oswego.
The City has been planning on how to reopen. There are still many uncertainties and unknowns and we know that the virus is not going away. Therefore, the reopening will look different.
The City will be taking a four-part approach to reopening. Taking a controlled-reopening approach gives the City adequate time to implement and evaluate protective strategies. It also allows us to manage the return to full City operations while ensuring the safety of employees and the public.
- Planning: Planning/preparation. City facilities remain closed to the public.
- Part 1: City facilities remain closed to walk-in traffic. However, some City Hall services are available by appointment. Some additional Parks & Recreation services were restored.
- Part 2: Some City facilities reopen with strict physical distancing requirements and with occupancy limits.
- Part 3: City facilities reopen to public with strict physical distancing requirements.
The City is working hard to make sure our facilities are ready for a few more people to be in them. The City has evaluated each facility for possible contact and physical distancing hazards and has implemented strategies to minimize risk. Strategies include:
- Providing hand sanitizer - at least 60% alcohol - at all counters and in shared work areas.
- Setting public capacity limits.
- Installing floor decals and signage denoting locations for customers to wait for service.
- Installing shields or stanchions.
- Removing or limiting seating in waiting areas, lobbies and/or in hallways.
- Requiring shared spaces be cleaned after each use.
- Tracking employee attendance and visits to facilities for purposes of contact tracing.
- Creating an area where the public can check-in and provide contact information and date/time of visit for purposes of contact tracing.
As restrictions ease, we are committed to continuing to find innovative and creative ways to serve our community and work together to support each other.
City Offices Remain Closed to Walk-In Traffic
On June 1, we entered Part I of our plan. While City offices remain closed to walk-in traffic, many in-person services are available by appointment. The public is still encouraged to take advantage of other methods of handling City business, such as by phone, email, virtual and online services, etc. For more information or to make an appointment, please contact the appropriate department directly.
City Services Update
For specific service information, check Department pages.
Adult Community Center
- The Adult Community Center building is closed. All programs and classes are canceled.
- Meals on Wheels service will continue.
Building and Planning Departments
- The Building and Planning Department, including the Permit Center is closed to walk-in customers. However, staff are available to assist permit customers by appointment and via phone and email during regular Permit Center hours for each department.
- We encourage the use of electronic submittals:
- Use electronic submittal through Accela or Email (as applicable) for all permit applications.
- If you need to deliver plans that cannot be sent electronically, use the dropbox at the south entrance to City Hall during business hours.
- For additional assistance, please contact department staff:
Boards, Commissions & Committees
- Some meetings of City Boards, Commissions, and Committees resumed in June. Please check the online Events & Meeting calendar for updates: www.lakeoswego.city
Engineering & Construction
- The Engineering Department, including the Permit Center, is open by appointment only (closed to walk-in customers). Staff continue to be available to assist permit customers via phone and email during regular Permit Center hours. All infrastructure construction projects continue to proceed as planned, using social distancing best practices. Inspections of all work will be conducted as usual.
- The Finance Department is open by appointment only (closed to walk-in customers).
- Passport Services remain closed for walk-in customers.
- While this emergency is in place, the City will not send shut-off notices or shut off water for non-payment of unpaid water bills.
- The Library is closed to walk-in traffic,however, services are available virtually, in the library parking lot, and by appointment for curbside holds pickup. Curbside hours have expanded to Monday-Thursday 10am-7pm and Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm.
- Library staff welcome you to visit lincc.org to place holds on the items you would like to borrow. You will be notified as your materials become available, with instructions for making a curbside pickup appointment. Please contact the library with any questions.
- LOPL is accepting the return of library materials. You are welcome to return materials to Lake Oswego Library at 706 Fourth St, using our automated return system or parking lot book drop, or to our Mountain Park and West Waluga Park bookdrops. If you need to return a Library of Things item, you may bring it to the library front doors during curbside service hours.
The Municipal Court is closed to walk-in customers, but is available for Virtual Court or by appointment only. Please call 503-635-0217 for specific questions.
Parks & Recreation
- The following have reopened:
- Athletic Fields for individual, family and small groups. Organized games are not allowed per state guidelines. Camps and clinics permitted with approved field reservation when following OHA COVID-19 guidelines.
- Dog Parks (Read the CDC guidance for pets)
- Drinking Fountains
- Golf Course (safety modifications noted below)
- Off Leash Dog Areas at Pilkington Park (McNary remains closed due to construction)
- Multiple restrooms at each park facility
- Parking lots at Bryant Woods, East Waluga, Foothills, Freepons, George Rogers, Hazelia, Luscher, Roehr, Rosemont/Brock, Stafford Trailhead, Tryon Cove, Westlake and West Waluga
- Pickleball Courts at George Rogers Park with singles play or doubles play when from same household and wearing face coverings.
- Playgrounds with six feet of physical distancing from others. Sandboxes remain closed.
- Quarry Bike Park
- Tennis Center with reduced hours and additional safety protocols (Hours are Monday-Wednesday 7am-8:30pm; Thursday 7am-10pm; Friday 8am-10pm; Saturday 9am-8pm; Sunday 7am-8pm)
- Tennis Courts at South Shore & Westlake with singles play recommended.
- Water Sports Center permitted activities by Lake Oswego Community Rowing with additional safety protocols.
- The following remain closed:
- Basketball Courts (due to Governor Brown's Executive Order)
- Indoor Facilities remain closed to the public, including Adult Community Center, CCP, Golf Course Clubhouse, and Luscher Farmhouse
- Picnic Shelter & Premier Park Reservations: Due to the uncertainty of when the county will enter Phase II of Reopening and for the safety of customers and staff, we are not taking reservations for the 2020 season (through October).
- Roehr Park is closed due to pathway renovation and the dramatic increase in park traffic and lack of physical distancing.
- Food security programs, including Meals on Wheels and CSA operations continue.
- The Lake Oswego Public Golf Course has reopened from 7am-9pm.
- Clubhouse: The clubhouse remains closed to the public. Access is limited to restroom use only at entry through the doors facing the parking lot. There is also a portable restroom behind the 7th Green.
- Tee Times: Customers are advised to reserve tee times online or call the Golf Front Desk at 503-636-8228. Credit card payments only. Payments accepted online, over the phone, or at the check-in station. Balls & accessories may be purchased at the check-in station also.
- Range: The range is open with adequate space allowed for physical distancing requirements. Tokens available for purchase at the check-in station or by using the card reader on the range ball machine. Only one spectator is allowed at each hitting station.
- Please continue to practice physical distancing of six feet or more at all times. View additional safety protocols.
- Reservations for park facilities are not being taken at this time. For specific questions, please call 503-675-3901.
- We are committed to continue serving our community during this public health crisis, but we will continue to follow the guidance of health officials and the direction of State and City government. We recommend the following:
- Refrain from using parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms. (Feel Sick, Stay Home)
- Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to, during, and after use of parks or trails. (Wash Your Hands, Don’t Touch Your Face)
- While on trails, warn other users of your presence and as they pass, and step aside. (Give Other Users Respect and Space)
- Observe CDC’s minimum recommended physical distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, find an alternate location or find another space. (Move To Find Your Own Space)
Public Works & Utilities
- Our drinking water is safe. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has found that “the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water.” We will continue to deliver safe drinking water to your tap throughout the COVID-19 emergency. It is not necessary to stock up on bottled water, our drinking water is of very high quality, is reliable and is a much better value than bottled water.
- The Maintenance Center is closed to walk-in traffic. However, services are available to the public via appointment only by calling 503-635-0280.
- Water Treatment Plant is closed to the public, but is available by appointment only. Currently, no tours are being allowed for public groups.