Governor rolls out plan for counties to begin reopening

Lane County will apply to reopen on Friday.

Posted: May 7, 2020 7:10 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- At a press conference Thursday, Gov. Kate Brown said starting Friday counties could begin applying for phase one of reopening with certain considerations.

Counties must already be meeting guidelines outlined by the state and continue to see a decrease in positive coronavirus cases.

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If approved, the activities that will be allowed to resume are as follows:

  • Groups of no more than 25 may meet with physical distancing enacted
  • Restaurants may allow dine in, with physical distancing, and staff must wear masks
  • Salons and barber shops may open with the person performing the task wearing gloves and a mask
  • Gyms may reopen with limited capacity
  • Retailers such as boutiques, furniture stores, etc. may open with physical distancing enforced

If a county can maintain a decreasing number of cases with some restrictions released, after 21 days they will be considered to enter phase two of reopening.

The specifics are not laid out for what phase two would be, but blueprints suggest that it would allow larger groups and more businesses to open as well as non-essential travel. 

Lane County will apply to reopen on Friday.

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