The Lane County Board of Commissioners received notice that their application for reopening was approved with Phase 1 Reopening beginning May 15th. In all, 31 of the state’s 36 counties were given permission to enter phase one of the governor’s reopening framework. They include Baker, Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Tillamook, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, Wheeler and Yamhill.Bars.
State officials refused applications by Marion and Polk counties to begin reopening, due to concerns that hospitalizations had increased in the Salem area.
The three central counties in the Portland metro area, Washington and Clackamas counties, have not applied to reopen.
Retail businesses like boutiques, furniture stores and art galleries throughout the state will be allowed to reopen Friday, regardless of a county’s status.
Restaurants and bars can open for sit-down services with restrictions including being closed by 10 p.m. Barbers and hair salons may open with restrictions. Gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed. Gyms may open though under Kate Browns guidelines, pools, spas and showers remain closed.
Lane County Republican Headquarters In Pleasant Hill, Oregon is open from 10 AM til 5 PM Monday though Friday. Trump and other campaign merchandise and materials are available.
Lane County Republicans Encourages all to Support our Local Families and Businesses.
The Eugene area Chamber of Commerce and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce have jointly prepared a Back to Business Guide for Reopening. A couple of excerpts are below: Download a Full Copy Here
Phase 1 Requirements Retail Stores
- Retail forced to close in EO 20-12, furniture/jewelry/boutiques are able to operate statewide under the new retail guidelines effective May 15th. A forthcoming Executive Order will be issued to clarify the ability to operate under the baseline (pre-phase 1) conditions. These entities, along with all other retail must comply with the retail guidelines on May 15th.
- Retail in EO 20-12 that had an exclusion, grocery/health care/medical or pharmacy, no longer have an exclusion from operating differently than any other retail and need to now comply with the new retail guidelines. Retail guidelines are applicable statewide effective May 15th. Compliance with any provisions any retail–including grocery/healthcare/medical and pharmacy–are not currently operating under is strongly encourage by May 15th and must be adhered to by May 22nd.
- Mall guidance will be separated from the general retail guidance and will be part of Phase 1 operations.
- Keep any common area settings such as food courts and seating areas configured to support at least six (6) feet physical distance between parties (chairs, benches, tables).
- Determine maximum occupancy within the shopping center or mall to maintain at least six (6) feet physical distancing and limit admittance accordingly.
- Post signs at entrances, exits, and common areas (seating areas, food courts, etc.) to discourage groups from congregating, and remind customers and employees to keep six (6) feet of physical distance between individuals or parties while waiting.
Phase 1 Restaurants and Bars
- Determine maximum occupancy to maintain physical distancing requirements and limit number of customers on premises accordingly.
- Ensure tables are spaced at least six (6) feet apart so that at least six (6) feet between parties is maintained, including when customers approach or leave tables.
- Businesses will need to determine seating configuration to comply with these physical distancing requirements.
- Remove or restrict seating to facilitate the requirement of at least six (6) feet of physical distance between people not in the same party.
- If booth seating is back-to-back, only use every other booth.
- Limit parties to 10 people or fewer. Do not combine parties/guests at shared seating situations who have not chosen to congregate together. People in the same party seated at the same table do not have to be six (6) feet apart.
- If a business is unable to maintain at least six (6) feet of distance, except for brief interactions (for example, to deliver food to a table), it may operate only as pick up/to go service. This applies to both indoor and outdoor seating.
Hairdressers and Barbers
New Safety and Sanitation Protocol for each appointment
- Your stylist will be asking you a series of questions regarding illness and exposure.
- You will be asked to wait in your car until your stylist is ready for you.
- You will be required to wear a mask that straps behind your ears upon entering the salon and wear throughout our service.
- You will be required to wash your hands in the restroom upon entering.
- Sadly during this time we will not be able to offer refreshments and will be clearing all magazines.
- Each client must have an appointment and must enter the salon alone so that we may maintain social distance.
The following rules are those being used by Emerald Valley Fitness in Creswell and Cottage Grove
- Rules and Guidelines that must be followed: (FAILURE TO FOLLOW WILL RESULT IN MEMBERSHIP LOSS)
- Wipe Down Equipment after each use
- Use only one machine at a time, do not share equipment
- Stay 6 feet apart
- Stay at home if you don’t feel well.
- One ball per person in gymnasium.
- Be kind to everyone including staff.
- ***Pool, Hot Tub, Saunas, and Showers will be closed as per Governors orders
The reopening comes amid the Lane County Commission May 13, 4-1 vote to extend the public health emergency for COVID-19 by 60 days. Prior to this extension, the emergency in Lane County was set to expire on May 16th. Jay Bozievich the lone dissenter stated, “I want to express some of my misgivings about the extension for a full 60 days,” Bozievich said. “We have to think about how long we are going to be under a constant state of emergency.” He went on to express his concern about the uncertainty faced by hospitals due to a decrease in non-coronavirus care, while advocating for a 30-day extension instead.
The Public Health spokesperson stated that the 60-day extension accounts for the 21-day periods between reopening phases under the governor’s plan for reopening Oregon.
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