UPDATE: City Announces Changes to Programs and Community Events Following State COVID-19 Guidance


Updated 3/19/2020: Check the City's COVID-19 information center for all City service impacts.

​The City of Salem is following Governor Brown's guidance and new rules addressing large gatherings and social distancing designed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce opportunities for continued transmission of the virus, we are making changes to some of our programs and services.

Through April 9, 2020, the City will be suspending advisory board and commission meetings, and community events and activities including Fire Station tours, Police ride-alongs, and Citizen Police Academy, and Library programs like story times. In addition, previously scheduled community events such as the March 14 opening event at the temporary location at the Salem Public Library and March 16-17 Our Salem Workshops have been postponed.

The City will continue to provide emergency response, public safety and other essential services, including water service to all customers.

Other services and programs will be impacted, including:

  • Center 50+. Because Center 50+ serves a population considered to be at higher risk for contracting the virus, serves more than 250 people each day, for whom we cannot guarantee social distancing, Center 50+ will close effective Monday, March 16, 2020, for the next 30 days. Congregate meals offered Monday through Friday at Center 50+ will continue through a drive-up option. Follow https://www.facebook.com/center50plus/ for virtual program offerings during this time.

  • Salem Municipal Court. City of Salem Municipal Court is urging anyone who is sick and experiencing flu-like symptoms to request a reset of their scheduled appearance by calling 503-588-6146 or faxing 503-588-6441. Those represented by an attorney should call their attorney to make arrangements. Potential jurors who are feeling sick or at higher risk, should contact the Court to reschedule their jury service.

  • Salem Public Library.  In the interest of public health, both Salem Public Library locations - Salem Public Library at Broadway and the West Salem Library Branch - will temporarily close to the public beginning March 16 to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
    Please do not return library materials during the closure. You will not be charged for late items. The closure will remain in effect until at least April 9. We will continue to consult with County Health Departments, Oregon Health Authority, and the Centers for Disease Control for guidance about when and how we can safely reopen. Follow us on Facebook for virtual program offerings and updates.

Our offices will remain open. We are also encouraging those who can accomplish City business without coming to City offices to do so. Many City services are available to the community via our website. Building permits may be submitted online. Utility bills, parking tickets, and other business with the City may also be conducted online. You can also contact us with questions.

If you come to a City office, you can expect we have increased the frequency of cleaning at each publicly facing space.

The City of Salem has been coordinating with the Oregon Health Authority and Marion County Public Health for several weeks on our preparations for and response to COVID 19. They are the public health authorities for our area. We continue to rely on their guidance and direction, referring the public to these authoritative sources and providing links to them, the Centers for Disease Control and other health authorities on the www.cityofsalem.net home page. For more information and questions about COVID-19, please refer to the following resources:

Contact us

Kathy UrsprungCommunications and Media Specialist
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
555 Liberty St SE, RM 220
Salem, OR 97301
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