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Following Gov. Kate Brown's executive orders banning gatherings due to the COVID-19 outbreak, local governments and organizations have canceled events and made changes to operations.

The following information has been received by The Observer. This is not a comprehensive list and is subject to change. The Observer will update this list as more information becomes available.

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La Grande and Union County-wide

•All non-essential businesses are closed to the public. Other businesses, such as grocery stores, restaurants (takeout and delivery only), pharmacies and gas stations may remain open. Establishments that remain open must make adjustments to allow at least 6 feet of distance between customers. Bank lobbies are closed; drive-throughs and ATMs remain open.

•All schools are closed, including classes, activities and sports events, until at least April 28.

•The city of La Grande shut down all park playgrounds, city basketball courts, park restrooms and even downtown’s Max Square. Park spaces themselves remain open as long as users maintain social distances.

The city suspendws overtime parking enforcement for the two-hour zones until further notice. Code enforcement continues for other issues.

•Union County Chamber office is available only by phone (541-963-8588) and email (director@visitunioncounty.org). The Awards Banquet scheduled for April 17 is canceled.

•Union County Senior Center, 1504 N. Albany, La Grande, suspended all senior activities and is not serving meals on site. Lunches are available for seniors and the public for takeout between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on weekdays. Cost is $3 for age 60 and older; others pay $5. Meal delivery may be arranged by calling 541-963-7532 before 10 a.m. 

Meals on Wheels will continue to be delivered. The senior center building and Community Connection offices remain open by appointment only.

Harvest Share items are available, but people must call 541-963-7532 to arrange pickup. Staff will bring the free bag of food to the door, with the goal of maintaining the mandated 6 feet of separation.

•Grande Ronde Hospital has implemented a No Visitors policy.

Grande Ronde Hospital & Clinics postponed its annual free Community Blood Screening events. The hospital planned the screenings for April.

•Community Band Northeast has suspended all rehearsals and the concert this spring. Rehearsals will begin again in September. 

•Grande Ronde Symphony Association canceled its spring 2020 rehearsals and events. This includes the April 11 and May 2 Chamber concerts and the May 27 Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra concert.

•The BlueMountaineers' end-of-the-month dances at the senior center in La Grande and all other shows are canceled.

•U.S. Forest Service Wallowa-Whitman National Forest La Grande Ranger District office is closed. Customer service is available by phone (541-786-0489) or email (sm.fs.wwnf-webmail@usda.gov).

•Oregon Department of Forestry field offices statewide are closed will be closed to the public except by appointment. Offices will remain open and can be reached by phone. Call the La Grande Unit Office at 541-963-3168.

•For a list of updated closures at Eastern Oregon University, go to https://www.eou.edu/coronavirus/event-cancellations-and-schedule-changes.

•La Grande Parks and Recreations Department canceled all activities in March and April. The dates for Pee Wee soccer have been rescheduled for May. Meet Your Coach Day will be held May 2. Season games will be Saturday mornings from May 9 to June 13.

Veterans' Memorial Pool is closed. Its office and the Parks & Recreation office are closed to the public. 

•Cook Memorial Library is closed and all programs and meeting are suspended. Online services and free listening and streaming programs are still accessible at www.cookmemoriallibrary.org

On March 23 the library's book returns were sealed shut and will remain closed until the library reopens. Overdue fees will not be charged.

•Art Center East's programs and galleries are closed until further notice.

Arts for All, scheduled for April 18, will not be held this year.

•Union County Master Gardener program classes are suspended until further notice.

•All meetings of the Union County Cattlemen are suspended until further notice.

•Tai Chi — Moving for Better Balance free classes at the Presbyterian Friendship Center are suspended until March 31.

•Wednesday night community dinners at the Presbyterian Friendship Center are canceled as of March 18 and will resume in the fall.

•The Ignite center canceled Resource Wednesdays until at least May. 

•EOU Small Business Development Center is not holding in-person client meetings but is available to offer assistance by phone (541-962-1532) or email (eousbdc@gmail.com).

•Union County Family Law Advisory Committee canceled the April 2 "Helping Children Cope with Divorce and Separation" workshop, the Successful Co-Parenting series scheduled to begin April 14 and the April 16 Family Law Workshop. To discuss alternatives, those who have been referred to the courses may contact Teala Sunderman at 541-962-9500 ext. 42.

•Social Security office is closed.

•The waiting room at Audiology & Hearing Aid Associates is closed. A drop box has been installed for hearing aids requiring cleaning of maintenance. A hotline (541-612-7555) for local patients and hearing aid wearers who require any help, advice or support.

•La Grande Rifle and Pistol Club canceled its April 5 .22 Silhouette Shoot. These matches will resume in December.

•The Ladd Marsh Bird Festival will not be held this year. The next festival is planned for May 2021.

•ODFW wildlife canceled all of its outdoor education events through May 31, including hunter education classes, outdoor workshops, family fishing events and the local birder festival.

•Oregon Rural Action announced the La Grande Community Garden will not be opening this year.

Cove

•The City of Cove postponed its regular April 7 meeting to April 14. The city is looking at remote access options for the April 14 meeting.

Union

•Eastern Oregon Livestock Show postponed the 2020 Kickoff Dinner that was scheduled for April 4.

•City hall, Union Carnegie Library, Union Public Works and the Union Treatment Plant are closed to the public. City operations will continue. Call City Hall at 541-562-5197 to make an appointment or other arrangements.

•Bingo at VFW Post 4060 and the annual yard sale in April are canceled.

Island City

•Island City City Hall is closed to the public. Staff is available via telephone (541-963-5017) and email (karen@islandcityhall.com). The drive-through is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Water/sewer payments can be made at the drive-through window, via telephone with the use of debit/credit cards, or at www.islandcityoregon.com (all fees apply). Late notices and disconnections are suspended for the month of March.

Elgin

•Elgin Public Library is closed. Arrangements to check out books may be made by calling the library at 541-437-2860 or emailing publiclibrary@cityofelgin.org.

•Elgin Stampeders canceled its annual gun show for the weekend of April 4.

•The Friends of the Elgin Opera House's April-May production of the musical "Matilda" has been postponed. The show will likely be rescheduled for summer/early fall.

•The Eagle Cap Excursion Train has canceled its Mother’s Day Brunch for Sunday, May 10.

Ed Spaulding, president of the Friends of the Joseph Branch in a news release said, "We hope things improve and the statewide restrictions are removed by late May and we will be able to continue with the rest of excursion train season, as planned."

North Powder

•North Powder City Hall is closed to walk-in traffic. Offices are open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and available via telephone. Public Works Department will continue on with limited contact with the public. April’s city council meeting is canceled.

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