Blueprint for Reopening

Lane County has been approved to begin Phase 1 of Governor Kate Brown’s reopening plan for Oregon. Phase 1 includes guidance for restaurants, personal services providers, malls and gyms.

 

Phase 1 will begin for Lane County on Friday, May 15. The types of restrictions that are relaxed in Phase 1, and by how much, are determined by the State. Counties are responsible for demonstrating that local systems (private and public) are in place to continue providing a public health response to COVID-19.



It is important to remember that parts of the Governor’s plan may change and that may require changes to our plan in Lane County.

DOWNLOAD AND READ LANE COUNTY'S BLUEPRINT FOR REOPENING (Submitted on May 8) 


What kind of restriction relaxation is included in Phase 1?

The Governor's Office is responsible for determining which restrictions can be relaxed and what types of businesses can resume operations. 

The Governor's website lists the requirements for restaurants/bars, personal service providers, malls and gyms located in counties that are approved to begin Phase 1. 

The Governor's website can be found at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19.

Is it true that some types of businesses can begin relaxing restrictions without Phase 1 approval?

Yes. The Governor's Office has released guidance that starts statewide immediately for individuals and outdoor recreation. 

The Governor's Office has also released guidance that begins statewide on May 15 for retail businesses and general employers.

Please see the Governor's website for more information: https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19.

Will there be guidance for other categories?

Yes. The Governor's Office has provided guidance for childcare, transit and summer camps. 

Please check the Governor's website at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19 for updates.

Who decides when Lane County can reopen?

Counties in Oregon must submit petitions to begin the reopening process to Governor Brown for approval.

It is important to remember that parts of the Governor’s plan may change and that may require changes to our plan in Lane County.

What are the criteria Lane County needs to meet to begin reopening?

Before counties can begin the first phase, they must be able to demonstrate that cases are decreasing for at least 14 days, that there is enough personal protective equipment for our medical professionals, and that they can test enough people to track the disease.

Read more from the Governor's office online.

What are the phases the State has created for counties to follow?

The first phase of our plan to allow for very small social gatherings and limited reopening of some businesses that are better positioned to maintain physical distance for their customers and employees.

The first phase would last at least 21 days and if we are still meeting our caseload, PPE and testing criteria we could consider applying for Phase 2.

Phase 2 would likely expand the number of people allowed to gather in groups, allow non-essential travel and widen the types of businesses allowed to resume services.

Phase 2 would last at least 21 days and if we are still meeting our caseload, PPE and testing criteria we could consider applying for Phase 3.

Phase 3 would be our new normal for several weeks – possibly through the summer – and would likely allow an increase in gatherings, unrestricted staffing at work sites, and visitors to assisted living facilities and increased seating in bars and restaurants.

Parts of the Governor’s plan may change and that may require changes to our plan in Lane County.

When can Lane County start to reopen?

Governor Brown approved Lane County's application to begin Phase 1 on May 15.

What could cause Lane County to not be able to reopen or to move backwards?

It’s important to keep in mind that our ability to progress through these phases quickly depends upon every resident actively participating in keeping themselves healthy and continuing to make smart choices.

We need our community to continue practicing physical distancing, limit non-essential trips, and avoid gatherings.

We also need our community to isolate themselves if they are ill and not risk exposing others to disease - COVID-19 or otherwise.

By taking steps to maintain the health of individuals, we can support the health of our entire community and progress more quickly through the phases of reopening. 

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