The Cannon Beach City Council earlier this week passed a resolution addressing how Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s recent emergency coronavirus restrictions will be enforced in Cannon Beach, said the city’s emergency manager, Rick Hudson.
Hudson said the Cannon Beach Police Department will enforce the restrictions listed in the state’s emergency resolution.
For example, a restaurant remaining open to serve customers onsite and refusing to confine its food service to take-out and delivery, could be cited for a misdemeanor.
“The city is required to enforce the code of the governor,” said Hudson
Following is a statement, in part, by the City of Cannon Beach:
The City of Cannon Beach will enforce the following actions taken by the State and County in the interest of protecting the health of our residents, visitors and the World-Wide Community of which we are all a part.
•A statewide cancellation of all events larger than 25 people – exempting essential locations like workplaces, grocery stores, pharmacies, and retail stores. It is additionally recommended that Oregonians avoid gatherings of 10 people or more.
•Restaurants, bars, and other establishments that offer food and beverages for sale are restricted to carry-out and delivery only with no on-site consumption permitted.
•Food service in health care facilities, workplaces, and other essential facilities will continue.
•The State Government has closed K-12 schools effective March 16 through the end of the month.
The City will support the efforts of the State and County by taking the following actions.
•The City will be following the lead of the federal, state and county governments in terms of restrictions, closures, etc. unless there are extenuating circumstances peculiar to Cannon Beach.
•All City operations will continue with the exception that City Hall will be closed to visitors except by appointment. This information will be posted on the City’s website and all entrances.
•Where possible employees will work from home, but some positions require materials that are housed in the building. In those cases, we will stagger hours to minimize the possibility of spreading the virus.
•Building Department plan reviews will continue.
•Building inspections will be conducted via photographs and video media.
•No on-site inspections will occur until further notice.
•Information regarding Building Department operations will be posted on the City website.
•There will be no utility turn-offs due to unpaid bills until City Hall is back to up and running.
•As always, it is possible to pay Utility bills electronically or by mail.
•We are evaluating items currently on the radar of the City Council and all the committees/commissions to see what can reasonably be deferred.
•When an item warrants a meeting then everyone (including the public) will be able to participate in the meeting electronically including, in some cases, utilizing Go to Meeting formats.
•Any meetings that are found to be necessary will be hosted from the City Hall Council Chambers. This will allow necessary staff to be present as well as allow any individual to attend the meeting in person if they so choose.
•Access information for electronic participation will be printed on the agenda for that meeting which will be posted on the City website.
•Whenever possible, city council/committee/commission meetings will be cancelled for at least the next 3 to 4 weeks.
•Minutes will be available on the website as soon as is practical.