Update on Closures due to COVID-19 Precautions
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Here is a link to KY Governor Beshear's Order going into effect at 5:00 on March 18, 2020. That Order states in part:
- CERTAIN BUSINESSES TO CLOSE BY 5:00 ON 3/18/20 "Public facing-businesses that must close include entertainment, hospitality and recreational facilities, community and recreation centers, gyms and exercise facilities, hair salons, nail salons, spas, concert venues, theaters, and sporting event facilities.
- BUSINESSES THAT CAN REMAIN OPEN "For the avoidance of doubt, businesses providing food, food processing, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, feed mills, construction, trash collection, retail, grocery and consumer goods, home repair/hardware and auto repair, pharmacy, and other medical facilities, biomedical and healthcare, post office, insurance, banks, gas stations, laundromats, veterinary clinics and pet stores, warehousing, storage, and distribution, public transportation, and hotel and commercial lodging may remain open, subject to limitations provided in prior orders, but must to the extent practicable implement Centers for Disease Control guidance, including: maintaining a distance of 6 feet between persons; ensuring employees practice appropriate hygiene measures, including regular, thorough handwashing; ensuring that employees who are sick remain home; and regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces."
Here is a link to Gov. Beshear's Order regarding restaurants and bars in effect 5:00 on March 16, 2020 restricting food and beverage sales to carry-out, delivery, and drive-through with no onsite consumption permitted.
For the latest information on the novel coronavirus in Kentucky, visit https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19
Newport City Building Closed to General Public, City Operations Continue
The Newport City Building at 998 Monmouth shall be closed to the general public, effective March 17, 2020, and until further notice. If you need emergency assistance, call 9-1-1. Our emergency services will continue to operate during this period. Some reports may be taken by the Police Department by phone. There has been no change to trash/recycling collection which continues through Rumpke.
Drop boxes are available at the city building on the first floor at both main entrances for leaving payments, permit applications, job applications, and bids. The following provisions are in effect:
- PERMITS City staff will accept Building, Zoning and Historic Preservation permit applications by email, fax, regular mail, or drop box. Please call 859-292-3637 or email Allyson Schaefer or contact Joy Rovno or 859-292-3687 with questions.
- PAYMENTS Finance Department staff is available via firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 859-292-3660 for property tax, payroll tax, business tax or any finance matters. Payment for parking tickets may be left in drop box or mailed.
- MEETINGS All public meetings/hearings before the Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment, Historic Preservation Commission, and Code Enforcement Board shall be postponed until further notice.
- PASSPORTS Acceptance of Passport Applications has been suspended until further notice. Please check the US Dept of State website (travel.state.gov) for locations to apply and call ahead to confirm they are open.
- ACCIDENT REPORTS Accident reports can be obtained from buycrash.com
As conditions change, alterations may be made to City operations without prior notice. Any changes will be noticed through the city website, the City’s Facebook page, and posted at the City Building.
These procedures are being instituted to assure that critical city services will continue without interruption. We believe that this public health emergency will be brought under control much sooner if the advice of public health officials is being followed by residents and businesses.