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Newport Beach City Hall to resume some services, again, as coronavirus cases start to decline in county

Voters practice social distancing
Voters practice social distancing as they wait in line to cast their ballots on Election Day 2020 at Newport Beach Civic Center.
(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

In-person permit and planning services will again be open to the public in Newport Beach, starting Monday.

Newport Beach City Hall last closed in early January as cases surged to new heights and city staff said it would remain closed through the end of the month. This will be the third time that it has reopened after initially shutting down at the onset of the pandemic in March of last year and again in July in response to a similar surge.

As of Thursday afternoon, there had been a total of 3,381 cases of the novel coronavirus and 55 deaths reported in the city of Newport Beach.

Members of the public will be able to return to City Hall, with social-distancing measures and mandatory face coverings in place, to submit applications for planning, building, public works or fire permits and plan checks. Additionally, the city’s cashier’s office will be open for in-person transactions.

Also returning are all winter outdoor recreation programs next week. All indoor classes remain suspended until further notice and all community centers remain closed to the public. This will not affect the ActiveKids and Marina Park Preschool childcare programs, parks, trails or sports courts which all remain open.

Residents are still encouraged to use phone, email or other web services to minimize exposure whenever possible.

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