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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: 219755

Reported Deaths: 2858
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah41855618
Washington27838258
Marion24509333
Clackamas19964242
Lane14885174
Jackson12709156
Deschutes1056587
Umatilla958794
Linn627782
Yamhill507481
Klamath494479
Douglas451888
Polk431457
Josephine416975
Malheur366667
Benton347422
Jefferson249942
Coos231939
Columbia208732
Union169424
Wasco156131
Lincoln154422
Crook139924
Hood River126734
Morrow122917
Clatsop117610
Baker111517
Curry79112
Tillamook7605
Grant5637
Lake4868
Harney46011
Wallowa2396
Gilliam871
Sherman872
Wheeler441
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California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3966943

Reported Deaths: 64429
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles130334324691
Riverside3085464662
San Bernardino3067695240
San Diego2980023798
Orange2824265144
Santa Clara1234042099
Sacramento1157321781
Kern1132161425
Fresno1046391746
Alameda971211286
Ventura838691044
Contra Costa77708834
San Joaquin769151460
Stanislaus658931095
Tulare50409854
San Mateo44622588
Monterey44523528
San Francisco40544563
Solano36004263
Santa Barbara35741467
Merced33321485
Sonoma32880330
Imperial29164745
Placer25146307
Kings23765251
San Luis Obispo21970265
Madera17058249
Santa Cruz16616207
Marin14958239
Yolo14863215
Butte13235205
Shasta13043242
El Dorado11125120
Napa1044282
Sutter10203127
Yuba700450
San Benito628263
Tehama589266
Lassen588826
Nevada541675
Humboldt511453
Mendocino471052
Tuolumne453573
Lake423866
Amador387748
Siskiyou256640
Glenn246527
Colusa235718
Calaveras231658
Del Norte16688
Inyo147338
Mono13265
Plumas7726
Modoc5767
Mariposa5007
Trinity4676
Sierra1310
Alpine890
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