Seaside, Ore. – May 13, 2020 – The Seaside City Council voted unanimously at its May 11 meeting to reopen the Seaside Beach on Monday, May 18 at 6 a.m. In addition to the oceanfront beach area that runs approximately two miles in total length (from the Cove area to the Necanicum Estuary), the Council motion also included the reopening of parks, waterways and trails throughout Seaside.
As part of the State of Oregon phasing plan, playground equipment is not included in this reopening and will still be closed to the public until phase two requirements have been met.
The reopening of the beach, parks, waterways and trails removes restrictions that have been in place since March 23 in Seaside. However, the City of Seaside, Clatsop County and the State of Oregon continue to remind people there remain risks and that there are still plenty of things we need to do to keep ourselves safe and healthy. State guidelines ask that citizens remain at home if sick, practice good hygiene with frequent hand washing and the use of sanitizer and avoid touching your face.
Social distancing of six feet – though it may be more difficult with people returning to businesses and the beach – should still be practiced, and face coverings should be used in public spaces.
The Oregon Recreation and Park Association has provided guidelines for indoor and outdoor recreation and that document can be downloaded via the following link: www.orpa.org/page/covid19.
A comprehensive framework for reopening Oregon, including the phase requirements for counties, and statewide guidance can be found at govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19. The City of Seaside thanks its citizens and businesses for their patience during this difficult time period.
Additionally, the Seaside City Council is planning to reconvene in a special meeting on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 7 p.m. to discuss the lodging restrictions that have also been in place since March 23. Meeting details for that council meeting will be posted to the city website prior to the meeting and streamed live via Zoom and YouTube Live.