Some local governments are closing their offices to the public during the two-week “statewide freeze” enacted by Gov. Kate Brown.
While most local government services will remain available, officials are encouraging people to conduct their business online or over the phone as much as possible. Residents should contact city or county offices in advance if they plan an in-person visit.
The "freeze" is meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and will last until at least December 2. It could be extended, depending on how rapidly COVID-19 is spreading at that time.
Some public buildings will be closed beyond December 2, regardless of whether the governor extends the "freeze." Benton County announced it would suspend public access to lobbies and meeting spaces until at least Jan. 4, 2021.