(Updated May 29, 2020)
Governor Brown on May 7 announced her Framework for Reopening Oregon. The plan outlines phases for safely restarting public life and business that are gradual, incremental and based on science and data.
The state also laid out a list of seven prerequisites that each county must reach before beginning Phase 1. The seven prerequisites include seeing a decline in COVID-19 cases, establishing a minimum testing regimen, creating a robust contact tracing system, identifying isolation facilities, finalizing and following the Oregon Health Authority’s guidelines to protect employees and consumers, having sufficient capacity to handle ongoing cases, and having enough PPE on hand. See a detailed explanation of Prerequisites for Phased Reopening of Oregon.
Lane County Moves to Phase 1 on May 15
The Governor’s Office approved Lane County’s application to move into Phase 1 of reopening on Friday, May 15.
During this phase, the following is 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
The Oregon Health Authority will monitor counties weekly to ensure they continue to meet the state’s seven prerequisites. See more specific details about Phase 1.
The Governor has announced the following sector-specific guidelines:
- Outdoor Recreation
- Restaurants and Bars (also see FAQs for Restaurants and Bars)
- Retail Stores (also see FAQS for Retail Stores, Shopping Centers and Malls)
- Personal Service Providers (also see FAQs for Personal Services)
- Gyms/Fitness (also see FAQs for Fitness-related Organizations)
- Shopping Centers and Malls (also see FAQS for Retail Stores, Shopping Centers and Malls)
- Summer Camps (also see FAQS for School Aged Daytime Summer Camps)
- Summer School
- Agricultural Operation (see Temporary Rule)
- Agricultural Workers and KN95 Masks
After 21 days in Phase 1, counties continuing to meet the prerequisites may be able to enter Phase 2. The goal is to further expand gathering size, allow some office work, plus begin to allow visitation to congregate care (i.e. nursing homes). Specifics are still being worked out and will be based on data collected in Phase 1.
Concerts, conventions, festivals, and live audience sports won’t be possible until a reliable treatment or prevention is available. It is unknown at this time when this will be. Therefore, all large gatherings should be cancelled or significantly modified through at least September. Further guidance on large gatherings scheduled for later in the fall will be provided this summer.
Concerns About Businesses Following Guidelines
Complaints about businesses that may not be complying with the Governor’s reopening guidelines should go to the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration, known as OSHA.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture is the lead agency related to grocery and convenience stores. Consumer complaints regarding customer behavior or a lack of customer physical distancing in the retail environment should be directed to the Oregon Department of Agriculture ODA.
Once you have reached out to these state agencies, if you would like to continue to pursue your business-related concern locally, you can contact the Lane County Non-Emergency COVID-19 Call Center at 541-682-1380 or email email@example.com. They strive to be responsive with a strong emphasis on education.
Summary of Phases in Oregon
|What’s Eligible to Be Open|
|Statewide – New guidelines took effect May 15 for all counties|
|Phase 1 - Lane County approved to begin May 15, 2020|
|Phase 2 - Higher risk|
|Phase 3 - Highest risk, will require reliable treatment or vaccine|
As the state gradually reopens, it’s important to remember the risks. We must all do our best to protect ourselves and one another. If we all follow these actions, we will help save the lives of our colleagues, neighbors, friends, and family members.
- Stay home if you are sick: If you become symptomatic (cough, fever, shortness of breath) while in public, return home and self-isolate immediately. Contact your health care provider if you need medical attention.
- Stay home if you are at risk of severe complications: Individuals over the age of 60 or have underlying medical conditions should stay home even if well to avoid exposure to COVID-19.
- Practice good hygiene: Frequently wash hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (60-95% alcohol content).
- Cover coughs/sneezes with elbow or tissue: If you use a tissue, immediately discard tissue in garbage and your wash hands.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Practice physical distancing: Maintain at least six (6) feet between you and people who you do not live with.
- Wear masks in public: The Governor strongly recommends the use of use of cloth, paper or disposable face coverings in public. As Oregon is reopening and restrictions are being lifted on businesses and public spaces, it may be difficult to ensure that you can stay six (6) feet away from others at all times.
- Telework: When possible.
- Stay close to home: Avoid overnight trips and minimize other non-essential travel, including recreational day trips to destinations outside the community where you live. Travel the minimum distance needed to obtain essential services.