Self-service at Oregon gas stations extended until May 9
Oregonians will be trusted to handle the gas pump for a little bit longer, after the state fire marshal extended the reign of self service until Saturday, May 9.
The update adds another two weeks to the clock for the voluntary rule change, which officials say is intended to address worker shortages at gas stations due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
"We want to thank Oregonians and Oregon businesses for being flexible during these challenging times," said Jim Walker, the state fire marshal. "As we continue to monitor this ongoing situation, we feel it is best to extend this option for an additional two weeks."
Walker reminds the public that self-service is voluntary — not mandatory — for gas station owners, who may reassign employees to sanitation or other duties in order to implement social distancing.
Gas stations without attendants are required to post signs explaining how to pump gas, and the rule change doesn't effect rural areas where self-service already was allowed.
"The self-service option is allowing employees to shift their focus from close, face-to-face interaction with customers to keeping pumps and payment mechanisms clean and sanitized for the next customer," said Danelle Romain, a lobbyist for the Oregon Fuels Association.
"Self-service flexibility is also helping ensure that fuel remains available in communities throughout Oregon during this crisis," Romain added.
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