- As a City it is our responsibility to maintain essential services and support our public health partners.
- During a public health emergency, Lane County Public Health in conjunction with the Oregon Health Authority are the lead agencies.
- The City is taking action to slow the spread of COVID-19 and amplify the messages, recommendations and preventative measures of the lead agencies.
What We Are Doing
- Stay Home, Save Lives
To further combat the spread of COVID-19, Governor Kate Brown on March 23, 2020 issued a Stay Home, Save Lives Executive Order — ordering all residents of the State of Oregon to stay at their residences, and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs. Learn more about Stay Home, Save Lives.
- Declared of a State of Emergency
Eugene City Council on March 17 unanimously supported an administrative order declaring a state of emergency, which allows the City to take steps to better prevent and respond to the impacts of COVID-19. This action is in concert with actions being taken by other jurisdictions, including City of Springfield and Lane County Government. The declaration of emergency authorizes City Manager Pro Tem Sarah Medary to take specific actions to address the COVID-19 emergency including better identifying our changing needs, locating and procuring resources, and ultimately better serving the needs of the community and our region. City Manager Pro Tem Sarah Medary on March 27 signed a new administrative order extending the state of emergency until April 14, 2020.
- Activated of Emergency Operations Center
We have activated our City’s Emergency Operations Center that is working in conjunction with our partners at Lane County and City of Springfield to maintain critical services, identify community needs and mobilize coordinated responses.
- Emergency Services Will Not Change
We will continue to respond to emergency calls for service, in progress crimes, other high priority life/safety issues, and incidents that require evidence gathering. Our police, fire and medical personnel have the equipment, training and protocols they need to protect themselves and community members. They’ve been practicing, they are ready and they are at work.
- Essential Services Are Open
Essential City services are still running. Some are available online, by phone, and by email. See details about City Services - What’s Open?
- Resources for Unhoused
Lane County and the cities of Eugene and Springfield have mobilized to craft a temporary emergency sheltering and support plan for the unhoused community in the metro area. The plan is built on significant community partnerships with key social service providers and others. Consistent with CDC guidelines, the City’s approach is intended to control the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing and hygiene while providing critical services to the unhoused population. Learn more about Resources for Unhoused.
- Businesses and Workers
We recognize this event significantly impacts many sectors of our business community. We are working closely with economic development partners, including the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, Lane County, the Small Business Development Center at Lane Community College, and Business Oregon, to provide assistance to area employers. See more information for businesses and for workers.
The City’s approach is intended to control the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing and hygiene, while providing critical services to people who are homeless. Get the facts about EPD's response...
Read about the City's latest actions related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Read the full community update...
All take-out food must be consumed off premises. See the map and list...
(Listed in chronological order, with the most current first)
- Video: Mayor Vinis COVID-19 Update (March 27, 2020)
- Police Response During COVID-19 Pandemic (March 27, 2020)
- Map and spreadsheet of local restaurants offering take-out in Eugene now available online (March 26, 2020)
- Playgrounds, Sport Courts and Skateparks Closed by Executive Order (March 23, 2020)
- Governor Kate Brown’s Stay Home, Save Lives Executive Order No. 20-12 (March 23, 2020)
- Governor Brown’s Order to Stop Residential Evictions During COVID-19 Crisis (March 22, 2020)
- Video: Mayor Vinis COVID-19 Update (March 20, 2020)
- Municipal Court Update (March 22, 2020)
- Joint Letter from Local Officials Urging Governor Brown to Enact Statewide Stay at Home Guidelines (March 22, 2020)
- Lane County, Eugene and Springfield officials urge Governor Brown to enact statewide Stay at Home guidelines (March 22, 2020)
- Eugene Park Restrooms Replaced with Portable Toilets (March 20, 2020)
- Video: Mayor Vinis COVID-19 Update (March 18, 2020)
- Eugene Municipal Court Reduces Hours (March 19, 2020)
- Parking program created to support restaurants and bars (March 19, 2020)
- City of Eugene Declares Emergency to Enhance Response to Needs Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
(March 17, 2020)
- Webcast: Eugene City Council Special Meeting (March 17, 2020)
- Video: Mayor Vinis COVID-19 Update (March 16, 2020)
- Eugene Rec Closing All Locations Until March 30 (March 16, 2020)
- Eugene Municipal Court adjustments for COVID-19 (March 16, 2020)
- City of Eugene Public Library Closing All Locations Until March 30 (March 13, 2020)
- City of Eugene Spay and Neuter Clinic Suspending Services (March 13, 2020)
- Video: City of Eugene and Lane County Joint Press Conference (March 13, 2020)
- City of Eugene Implements Emergency Operations Centers; Public Meetings Suspended (March 13, 2020)
- Webcast: City Council Work Session: Emergency Preparedness/COVID-19 Update (March 11, 2020)