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Jefferson County is among those approved to start the reopening process. Here are some of the new rules:

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Gov. Kate Brown, masked for social distancing, begins a Thursday, May 7, press conference in Portland. , Portland Tribune - News Gov. Kate Brown addresses questions about how and when the state could emerge from the umbra of the coronavirus quarantine.  Governor says Oregon could reopen under 3-phase planOn Thursday, May 14, Gov. Kate Brown announced that Jefferson, Crook and Deschutes Counties can begin reopening on Friday, May 15, following the HYPERLINK "https://govstatus.egov.com/reopening-oregon#phase1"Reopening Oregon Phase I guidelines.

Qualifying counties demonstrated that they met all of Oregon's HYPERLINK "https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Foregon.us2.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D41b11f32beefba0380ee8ecb5%26id%3Defe8d2aad4%26e%3D5039c5a1a6&data=02%7C01%7Cjromero%40bendoregon.gov%7C7074c7e972a34016627008d7f8459e27%7C1c15334815ef4708aebf1e25e57dc400%7C0%7C0%7C637250850225152100&sdata=SoQkilhdQlE2ayWgUt2J%2F72%2B5tgzI%2FccnhLUzHXJlOs%3D&reserved=0" safety and preparedness prerequisites for reopening, as well as a declining prevalence of COVID-19.

In counties approved for Phase I, the following additional areas can operate if they comply with sector-specific health and safety guidance beginning May 15:

Restaurants, bars, and other such establishments for dine-in service until 10 p.m.

Personal services businesses, such as barbers and salons

All retail businesses, including malls and shopping centers

Gyms and other fitness facilities

Local gatherings of up to 25 people

Phase I of Reopening Oregon is expected to last for 21 days. 

For additional information and sector-specific reopening guidelines, visit HYPERLINK "http://coronavirus.oregon.gov/" coronavirus.oregon.gov.

STAYING SAFE IN PHASE I

As areas of the region begin reopening under Phase I guidelines, it is important to remember that the risks for contracting COVID-19 are still the same. Community members should follow these guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community:

Stay home if you are sick. If you get a cough, fever or shortness of breath while in public, please return home and isolate yourself immediately. Contact your health care provider if you need medical attention.

People who are at risk for severe complications (over age 60 or have underlying medical conditions) should stay home even if you feel well.

Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (60-95% alcohol content).

Use cloth, paper or disposable face coverings in public.

Cover coughs/sneezes with elbow or tissue and avoid touching your face. If you use a tissue, immediately throw it away and your wash hands.

Practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet between you and people who you do not live with.

Stay close to home. Avoid overnight trips and minimize other nonessential travel.

REMINDERS ON GATHERING SIZE RESTRICTIONS

All gatherings of more than 25 people are canceled statewide until the governor ends Executive Order 20-07. Brown has indicated the potential for a new Executive Order.  Until that occurs:

Under Phase I guidelines, residents in Jefferson, Crook and Deschutes counties may have gatherings of no more than 25 people. Gatherings of fewer than 25 people are only allowed if physical distancing of at least 6 feet can be kept for all people from different households. People from the same household are not required to keep physical distancing. 

According to the Brown's May 5 HYPERLINK "https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2342E.pdf" Reopening Guidance for Outdoor Recreation, parties are defined as a group of 10 or fewer people who arrive at an outdoor site together. Parties are required to maintain physical distance while recreating or retrieving or returning gear and entering and exiting vehicles.

Additional information is available at: https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.


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