The City of Eugene has established a “reopening” team to help support local businesses as Lane County begins Phase 1 of the Governor’s Reopening Oregon plan. As announced earlier today, Lane County has been approved to begin Phase 1 this Friday, May 15. Phase 1 includes the relaxation of restrictions for restaurants, personal services providers, shopping malls, child care, and gyms. The state has issued guidance for how individual business sectors can operate safely. See the state’s most current guidelines.
The City of Eugene’s reopening team is looking at a number of ways the City can support local businesses. Local businesses can email the team directly at email@example.com.
While the City of Eugene cannot provide legal advice to businesses related to meeting the guidance requirements, as they will be overseen by state agencies like OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), we are looking at ways we can help businesses meet some of the new requirements.
For businesses that may need additional space to meet physical distancing requirements, this could include access and use of outdoor space surrounding their premises. For example, a restaurant can offer seating on the adjacent sidewalk. The City is actively working to streamline that process, while exploring options to convert on-street parking spaces to seating, an idea called a ‘streatery’.
Each of these solutions come with opportunities and challenges, which the City will be working through over the next number of days. Feedback, suggestions and ideas from businesses is welcome by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.