All City Facilities to Close March 18 following County Emergency Order
All Newport Beach City facilities, including City Hall, will be closed to the public as of Wednesday, March 18, following Tuesday’s executive order from the Orange County Health Care Agency to slow the transmission of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
The County's emergency order prohibits gatherings of any size in the county, eliminates dining in at restaurants, and strongly encourages those 65 and over and those with underlying health conditions to stay home.
In response to the emergency order, Newport Beach will close City Hall and the Police Department to the public through March 31. City libraries, community centers and the OASIS Senior Center were previously shut down.
City staff will continue to provide services by phone, email and through the web.
The Newport Beach Police Department will maintain essential public safety services, but the front counter will no longer be open for public access. Residents are asked to contact the Police Department by phone and email and utilize the online reporting system at nbpd.org.
Also, in alignment with the executive order, the Public Library will suspend hold pickup until further notice. Online resources, including downloadable books, audiobooks, magazines and streaming video, and databases are available to Newport Beach Public Library card holders at newportbeachlibrary.org/ebranch.
All public meetings have been cancelled except for City Council meetings. Members of the public are encouraged to view Council meetings online and submit comments by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Members of the public who feel they must attend in person may sit in the Council Chambers or adjacent Community Room, where seats have either been marked with tape or spaced apart to enforce social distancing.
These measures are among a series of steps adopted by the City of Newport Beach in recent days to protect public health and align with recommendations from the state Department of Public Health, federal Centers for Disease Control and the Orange County Health Care Agency.