PORTLAND, Ore. — While southern Oregon counties hope to gain approval for Phase One of reopening on May 15, the latest guidelines from Governor Brown's office carves out a space for retailers to open whether those counties are approved or not.
Under Governor Brown's "Stay Home, Save Lives" order, only a few types of retailers were explicitly forced to close — including including furniture stores, jewelry stores, small boutiques, and indoor and outdoor malls. Some other retailers opted to close down or adjust their services voluntarily, either out of an abundance of caution or because the social distancing rules for staying open were too onerous.
On May 15 all retailers, — with the lone exception of malls and the businesses within them — will be allowed to reopen in the state of Oregon, albeit under the new guidelines. Malls in many Oregon counties may also be able to open on the same day, assuming those counties are approved for Phase One.
Retail stores will still have to limit the number of customers inside and focus on maintaining six feet of physical distance for both customers and employees. The guidelines state that store managers will have to determine maximum occupancy in order to avoid crowded aisles.
Those stores will also have to post OHA-provided informational signs on COVID-19, frequently sanitize common areas, and require all employees to wear face coverings.
Stores are supposed to "strongly encourage" that customers wear face coverings too, although it is not mandatory. They are also asked to consider clear plastic barriers in front of cashiers and customer service counters, and encourage one-way traffic through entrances and exits.