PORTLAND, Ore. — Gov. Kate Brown has approved 31 Oregon counties to begin the first phase of reopening on Friday, May 15.
The counties that were approved for Phase 1 met the following prerequisites:
- Showed a decline in COVID-19 or had fewer than 5 hospitalizations.
- Had sufficient COVID-19 testing and contact tracing capability.
- Established plans for the isolation and quarantine of new cases.
- Have the hospital capacity to handle any surge in COVID-19 cases.
- Have enough personal protective equipment for health care workers.
But what does it mean for counties moving into Phase 1? According to the governor’s plan, restrictions will be eased for:
- Restaurants and bars for sit-down service: Requirements include 6 feet of social distancing; a limit of groups to parties of 10 or fewer; food and drink consumption must end by 10 p.m.; and workers are required to wear masks. See more details on the requirements
- Barbers, salons and massage businesses: Requirements include social distancing; appointment-only; and a personal protective equipment and customer list. See more details on the requirements
- Gyms and fitness centers: Requirements include a maximum gathering limit; social distancing; and sanitation. See more details on the requirements
- In-person gatherings: Up to 25 people, no travel
Even as restrictions are eased, Gov. Brown said social distancing will need to continue.
Counties approved for Phase 1 must remain in that phase for a minimum of 21 days before they’re eligible to begin Phase 2. In addition, if any counties, once they’ve entered Phase 1, begin to show significant increases in COVID-19 cases or community spread, they may have to move from Phase 1 back to a stay-home order.
Independent from county Phase 1 reopenings, beginning May 15, restrictions will be eased for child care facilities and some other retail businesses across the state.
Child care facilities will be allowed to expand operations and some summer schools, camps and youth programs will be able to resume. There will be limitations and specific requirements. Guidelines for day cares, summer schools, camps and youth programs have been finalized. You can read those here
Other standalone retail businesses across the state, such as furniture stores, art galleries, jewelry shops and boutiques, will be allowed to open beginning May 15, if they follow specific guidelines. See the guidelines here.
Details about Phase 2 and Phase 3 haven’t been released yet.
The specifics of Phase 2 will be guided by data collected in Phase 1, and will include expanded gathering sizes, allowing some people to return to work, and allowing some visitation to care facilities.
Phase 3, which focuses on large gatherings, won’t begin until reliable treatment or prevention of COVID-19 is widely available.