Business Support

Business Support

(Updated May 29, 2020)


The City of Eugene and Lane County were approved to enter Phase 1, the limited reopening of certain businesses, starting May 15. 


The City of Eugene has created a specialized Business Help Team to assist employers as they seek to keep their businesses afloat by answering questions about financing options, reopening guidelines and other topics. The team is working to be flexible to meet the needs of different businesses as rules change and needs evolve.


City Allows Expanded Café Seating (“Streateries”) to Accommodate Needed Distancing

Local restaurants can now apply for a permit to expand their serving space into the public right of way and parking spaces to increasing capacity while accommodating safe physical distancing. While sidewalk seating was already allowed, this pilot program simplifies the process, eliminates the fee, and makes it possible to spread beyond just the sidewalk. To learn more about acquiring a permit, businesses can contact the City’s Business Help Team at bizhelp@eugene-or.gov. Read the news release announcing the pilot program.

  1. Oregon Rules and Guidance on Reopening
  2. Federal CARES Act & Other Disaster Relief
  3. Layoffs
  4. Resources to Support Ongoing Operations

Reopening Oregon

The Governor’s Office approved Lane County’s application to move into Phase 1 of reopening on Friday, May 15.


In Phase 1, the following will be allowed:


  • Gatherings up to 25 people - physical distancing required, no travel, stay close to home and avoid overnight trips
  • Restaurants and bars – limited sit-down service with 6-foot distancing required, max group size of 10, employees must wear face coverings, must close at 10 p.m.
  • Personal care (salons, barber shops, massage) – limited with physical distancing, appointments and customer list required, providers must wear face coverings
  • Personal care (gyms and fitness centers) – limited with physical distancing and strong cleaning protocols required


Sector Specific Guidelines


Additional Resources

  • Oregon Health Authority offers downloadable signage in multiple languages to post at your business: “Clean hands save lives,” “Going out? Stay apart,” “Do you have these symptoms?” and "Why sign in?"
  • State of Oregon’s website provides the most current information including what types of businesses can open and when, guidelines for reopening businesses, and details about all phases of reopening.


Back to Business Guide

The Eugene and Springfield Area Chambers of Commerce have partnered to provide the new Back to Business Guide, a resource to help businesses navigate the state and county’s new guidelines. The document provides industry-specific, simplified guidelines about preparing a physical space, physical distancing procedures, required safety provisions and best practices, and more. The document will be updated as the State of Oregon and other entities release additional guidance.


PPP Loans, EIDL Advances, SBA Loan Subsidies Not Subject to Oregon’s Corporate Activity Tax (CAT)

The Oregon Department of Revenue has determined that certain federal assistance to businesses under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is not ‘commercial activity’ under Oregon statute and will not be subject to the Corporate Activity Tax. The exempt assistance includes forgiven Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) emergency advances, and Small Business Administration (SBA) loan subsidies. Read the news release for more details.


Answers to Questions about Bringing Employees Back to Work

The Oregon Employment Department has answers to frequently asked questions from businesses regarding resuming business operations and unemployment insurance benefits.


Commercial Eviction Ban

On April 1, 2020, Governor Brown issued Executive Oregon 20-13, which places a 90-day moratorium on commercial evictions for nonpayment, in light of the impacts on business owners caused by the COVID-19 crisis. This order will help Oregon small businesses stay in their locations without the threat of eviction.