STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

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.

Confirmed Cases: 19699

Reported Deaths: 333
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah455393
Washington287723
Marion271368
Umatilla212224
Clackamas144337
Malheur70812
Deschutes5488
Lane5353
Jackson4111
Yamhill39912
Lincoln3959
Union3922
Jefferson3243
Morrow3162
Polk30012
Linn25510
Klamath1981
Hood River1740
Wasco1713
Benton1606
Douglas1391
Josephine1071
Coos880
Columbia840
Clatsop820
Crook431
Baker350
Lake320
Tillamook320
Wallowa191
Curry140
Sherman140
Harney100
Gilliam40
Grant20
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 526685

Reported Deaths: 9684
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1958054760
Riverside38487738
Orange38066653
San Bernardino34017477
San Diego30516568
Kern21228151
Fresno15759138
San Joaquin11958180
Alameda11909192
Santa Clara11030192
Sacramento10174148
Tulare9990193
Imperial9513232
Stanislaus9308135
Contra Costa8176131
Ventura787777
San Francisco698961
Santa Barbara652663
San Mateo5744120
Marin518076
Monterey496634
Merced458351
Kings445356
Solano380638
Sonoma311339
Madera211432
Placer195318
San Luis Obispo192616
Yolo161442
Santa Cruz11964
Butte10128
Napa9809
Sutter8406
San Benito6894
El Dorado6681
Lassen6320
Yuba5334
Shasta3979
Colusa3574
Mendocino3419
Glenn3321
Nevada3161
Tehama2461
Humboldt2454
Lake2111
Mono1451
Tuolumne1442
Amador1370
Calaveras1361
Del Norte900
Siskiyou880
Inyo641
Mariposa592
Plumas330
Trinity50
Modoc40
Sierra30
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Medford
Few Clouds
69° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 69°
Brookings
Broken Clouds
55° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 55°
Crater Lake
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 57°
Grants Pass
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 64°
Klamath Falls
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 57°
Quieter and cooler weather tomorrow
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events