REOPENING OREGON UPDATE (as of June 8)
On June 5, Lane County entered Phase 2 of the Governor’s reopening process. Click on this link to view Governor Brown’s Framework for Reopening Oregon that outlines phases for safely restarting public life and business that are gradual, incremental and based on science and data. Throughout the reopening process, we must all do our best to protect ourselves and one another.
In addition to the restaurants, bars, breweries, wine tasting rooms can provide sit-down service. Shopping centers and malls can reopen. Personal care and service businesses (hair, nail & tanning salons, barbershops & tattoo parlors) and gyms and fitness centers that reopened in Phase 1, below are the additional reopening under Phase 2.
▪ Indoor and outdoor venues, including theaters and churches, with 6 feet of physical distancing and other measures in place, can reach a COVID-19 occupancy limit of up to 250.
▪ Offices can begin reopening and employees can return to workplaces with physical distancing and other measures in place, though remote work is still strongly recommended whenever possible.
▪ Increased travel will be allowed throughout Oregon, though staying local is still recommended to prevent overloading county health systems.
▪ Restaurants and bars will have curfews extended to midnight.
▪ Pools and sports courts will be allowed to reopen under new guidance.
▪ Indoor and outdoor activities such as bowling, batting cages, and mini golf, will be allowed to reopen under new guidance.
▪ Recreational sports can resume in a limited form, under strict physical distancing guidance.
The Governor announced that high risk large gatherings such as conventions, festivals, major concerts and live audience sporting events will need to be cancelled at least through September. Restarting events of this size will require a reliable treatment or prevention, like a vaccine, which is many months off. Further guidance on large events will be provided in the coming months.
The state will not move into Phase 3 until there is a reliable treatment or vaccine. See more details about the state’s three phases of reopening at: https://www.oregon.gov/newsroom/Pages/NewsDetail.aspx?newsid=36579 . It’s also important to remember the Governor’s plan may change and it could affect Lane County and Cottage Grove.
Face Coverings: Under new statewide guidance for face coverings, all businesses must provide face coverings and require employees to wear them. In public, all Oregonians must wear a face covering on public transit, and it is strongly recommended that Oregonians wear a face covering in settings like grocery stores where physical distancing is difficult to maintain.