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Gov. Brown rolls out Oregon's detailed plan for reopening as counties push to enter Phase One on May 15

At a press conference on Thursday morning, Governor Brown introduced the state's latest specific guidelines for counties and businesses.

Posted: May 7, 2020 11:11 AM
Updated: May 7, 2020 3:44 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — At a press conference on Thursday morning, Governor Brown introduced the state's latest specific guidelines for counties and businesses that are looking to enter "Phase One" of reopening on May 15. For harder hit counties, it may be some time before they are able to implement those same guidelines.

“Today, thanks to millions of Oregonians following the strict physical distancing orders I put in place, I am happy to say these sacrifices have prevented as many as 70,000 COVID-19 infections, and 1,500 hospitalizations in Oregon,” said Governor Brown. “We are on track in meeting the goals that doctors and public health experts have laid out for us. And that means we now have the opportunity to begin rebuilding a safe and strong Oregon.”

By the end of this week, all of the counties in southern Oregon expect to have submitted their individual plans for reopening to the Governor's office for approval. Multiple county officials cited the Governor as having said that the soonest they could reopen would be on May 15, a date confirmed by the Governor's presentation.


CLICK HERE to watch the full press conference with Governor Brown and public health officials


Until Thursday, those counties were operating on somewhat vague and still-evolving guidelines for what Phase One would entail — what businesses would be able to open and what physical distancing and sanitation protocols they would be required to follow.

Though the plan includes detailed requirements for different sectors, here are the brief takeaways for what Phase One will look like when counties are approved to reopen:

  • Restaurants and bars - Open for dine-in as long as physical distancing of six feet between customers (of different households) is observed. Employees must wear cloth or disposable face coverings. Businesses must end dine-in by 10 p.m.
  • Personal care (salons, barbers, massage clinics) - Open for appointments only, with a pre-appointment health check required, in addition to a customer log for possible contact tracing. Six feet of physical distancing between clients. Workers must wear face coverings, capes, and smocks, and clients will have to do the same "depending on the services provided."
  • Gyms and fitness centers - Open for limited occupancy. Physical distancing and sanitation measures required.
  • Local gatherings - Tentatively allowed for groups of up to 25 with physical distancing, as long as no large amount of travel is involved.

According to Oregon Health Authority director Patrick Allen, it's "safe to assume that the majority of Oregon counties" will likely be ready to enter Phase One by next Friday, though he claimed that OHA had not yet received any applications for reopening.

Counties will be required to remain in Phase One for at least 21 days before they can possibly move on to Phase Two. Restrictions could be re-imposed if the county fails to meet contact tracing requirements, if positive COVID-19 cases spike, or hospitals start to see a significant uptick in severe cases.

"Let me be very clear: these choices are not easy; as we reopen parts of our economy, we know and expect that there may be an uptick in new coronavirus cases," said Governor Brown. "That’s why we have to be prepared in every single corner of the state, because as we’ve seen, an outbreak can occur anywhere."

Under a still-evolving plan for Phase Two, concerts, festivals, and other large gatherings will still be canceled or "significantly modified through at least September." However, workplaces will have the option of increasing in-office work, local gatherings of up to 100 may be allowed with physical distancing in place, and limited visits to nursing homes will be allowed.

According to the state's plan, Phase Three — essentially a return to "normal" — will not happen until a reliable treatment or vaccine has been found. This means that large gatherings are likely to remain off the table for the forseeable future.

For more specific information about the state's guidelines, follow the links to the different state documents below:

This is a developing story and will be updated with more details as they emerge.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 357526

Reported Deaths: 4284
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah55810707
Washington38782324
Marion36837455
Clackamas29779309
Lane27744302
Jackson23059310
Deschutes20336125
Umatilla14492150
Linn12911131
Douglas12118243
Josephine9384196
Yamhill8715113
Klamath8020119
Polk737381
Malheur563677
Benton549431
Coos503794
Columbia382644
Jefferson376052
Lincoln319939
Union319549
Crook291846
Wasco288841
Clatsop244328
Baker203529
Tillamook196932
Hood River192837
Morrow185023
Curry180625
Harney113927
Grant100013
Lake93912
Wallowa68612
Gilliam1544
Sherman1523
Wheeler1121
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Cases: 4848946

Reported Deaths: 71328
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles148303126527
Riverside3716705041
San Diego3666614183
San Bernardino3586775692
Orange3242885562
Sacramento1596362309
Kern1463481648
Fresno1463182094
Santa Clara1455431897
Alameda1206921400
San Joaquin1027761721
Ventura1010381167
Contra Costa1000181008
Stanislaus862991335
Tulare80375978
San Francisco54440649
San Mateo54168623
Monterey50911586
Solano46063341
Santa Barbara45223523
Merced42422581
Sonoma40997404
Placer39435429
Imperial36071766
Kings32938325
San Luis Obispo29973333
Madera23955285
Shasta23924352
Butte23818273
Santa Cruz21034221
Yolo20397248
Marin17706244
El Dorado17207149
Sutter13937175
Napa12898100
Yuba1011582
Tehama9534110
Humboldt9269109
Nevada916790
Mendocino766787
Lassen754347
San Benito744972
Tuolumne691790
Lake6631105
Amador547364
Siskiyou451246
Glenn438433
Calaveras391481
Del Norte358742
Colusa307618
Inyo214241
Mono16723
Plumas16607
Mariposa133916
Trinity88011
Modoc6895
Sierra1880
Unassigned1460
Alpine1050
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