EUGENE, Ore. -- Lane County will be entering phase two on Friday.
Gov. Kate Brown approved the county's application on Thursday.
Friday marks three weeks since the county entered phase one of the governor's plan.
County officials said they were confident they were ready for the next step.
During a press conference on Wednesday, health officials said counties could be in phase two for months before looking to entering phase three.
Phase two includes the following:
- Gathering limits will be raised to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
- Indoor and outdoor venues, including theaters and churches, with six feet of physical distancing and other measures in place, can reach a COVID-19 occupancy limit of up to 250.
- Offices can begin reopening and employees can return to workplaces with physical distancing and other measures in place, though remote work is still strongly recommended whenever possible.
- Increased travel will be allowed throughout Oregon, though staying local is still recommended to prevent overloading county health systems.
- Restaurants and bars will have curfews extended to midnight.
- Pools and sports courts will be allowed to reopen under new guidance.
- Indoor and outdoor activities such as bowling, batting cages, and mini golf will be allowed to reopen under new guidance.
- Recreational sports can resume in a limited form under strict physical distancing guidance.
Elements Health Club in Eugene told KEZI 9 News they are thrilled to reopen their pools to the public. They said their phone has been ringing off the hook from members eager to use the pools, especially with the warm weather we have been seeing.
Changes members can expect to see starting Friday are that you must bring your own towel and class sizes will be smaller so that everyone is able to social distance. Also, only a certain amount of members will be able to be in showers and changing rooms at a time. If you are using the pool for lap swim, only one lap swimmer is allowed per lane. Finally, members will have to sanitizize their own equipment after each use, in addition to the cleaning done daily by crews.
"Everyone should stay in their own comfort zone and make sure you stay home if you need to. But we are here to protect, maintain all the social distancing rules and make sure everyone is safe," employee Seani Jost said.
They are unable to give a date as to when the pools will reopen but they said it will happen in the coming weeks. They have to finish reviewing the guidelines and making adjustments so that they are able to reopen safely.
The Willamalane Park and Swim Center's fitness centers, outdoor tennis and pickleball courts and group exercise classes have been available for weeks under phase one.
Under phase two, Willamalane will be reopening their pools, sports courts and picnic shelters. Officials said they are planning on holding their summer camps and Camp Putt, both of which are expected to start June 15.
However, the Willamalane Adult Activity Center, all playgrounds, play structures, equipment as well as park restrooms will stay closed until further notice.
"Obviously we get a lot of calls about when we are going to reopen and what we are offering, so our goal is to get online as quickly as possible and get people back to being part of parks and recreation," said Kendall Reid, recreation services director of Willamalane said.
Reid was unable to say exactly when they will reopen, but said they are working to make the proper adjustments in order to meet the guidelines. They are also working on hiring staff again after having to let go a majority of them due to the pandemic closures.
He said he wants parents to remember when they do open back up, things will not look like they're used to. He encourages parents to register their children online and check their website for daily updates.
B2 Bar and Grill in Eugene told KEZI 9 News that business has been booming since they reopened their doors weeks ago. Owner Andrew Deffenbacher said the biggest change under phase two is the increase in business from offices nearby.
Under phase two offices have the greenlight to reopen, which means more employees will be in the workplace and go out to eat for lunch. Deffenbacher expects this will bring in a lot more business.
"These people have been working at home. They will be back in their offices, they are nearby, we do a lot of business lunches. A lot of real estate meetings here and these folks are going to be back in the neighboorhood and looking to come out and hopefully we can serve them some lunch again," Deffenbacher said.
Deffenbacher said the extended curfew doesn't effect his restaurant specifically because they close normally before then. However, he said this will be a gamechanger for a lot of bars in town that rely heavily on those late night hours to make their money.