Reopening Oregon

Open sign lit up at Dark Pine Coffee as Lane County moved into Phase 1.

(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.

  1. Reopening Phases & Sector Guidelines
  2. Protect Yourself & Others

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. 

Phase 1

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.

Sector-specific Guidelines

The Governor has announced the following sector-specific guidelines:

Phases 2

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.

Phase 3

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 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
  • Non-emergency medical care, dentist offices and veterinary care
  • Retail 
  • Construction/Manufacturing
  • Expanded childcare under certain restrictions, with priority placements for children of health care workers, first responders, and frontline workers
  • Summer school, summer camps and other youth programs with physical distancing
  • Restaurants – take-out only
  • More public spaces open
Phase 1 - Lane County approved to begin May 15, 2020
  • Restaurants/bars – limited sit-down
  • Personal care (salons, gyms) – limited
  • In-person local gatherings up to 25 with no traveling
Phase 2 - Higher risk
  • Optional increased work in offices
  • In-person local gatherings up to 100* with physical distancing
     (*Tentative and subject to change)
  • Visitation to nursing homes – limited
Phase 3 - Highest risk, will require reliable treatment or vaccine
  • Concerts
  • Conventions
  • Live audience sports