More stores open in Portland as restrictions ease
Even though Multnomah County is not yet officially approved to reopen, due to the pandemic quarantine, more retail stores threw open their front doors after Gov. Kate Brown eased her restrictions statewide on Friday, May 15.
They included Sloan, a women's boutique at 735 N.W. 23rd Ave. It returned to regular business hours on Friday with a maximum of 16 customers and employees required to wear masks.
Other businesses on Northwest 23rd Avenue had previously opened for take-out or curbside-pickup purchases only.
Any retail store can now reopen, except for those in malls and shopping centers. Restaurants, bars, barber shops, hair dressers and similar business also can reopen with restrictions in counties approved by the state for Phase 1 reopening. They include all counties except Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Marion and Polk.
Additional safety measures include posting clear signs listing COVID-19 symptoms while encouraging physical distancing. They also are required to frequently sanitize high traffic areas.
Lisa Frisch with the Portland Business Alliance said about 15 downtown stores reopened citywide on Friday, and she expects more to do so this weekend.
"I think this is a slow easing into some normalcy," she said. "The governor's orders came out pretty quickly and it takes time to get stores ready to welcome back customers."
Secondhand stores, such as Goodwill, also can reopen. Goodwill officials said they will open five locations in Oregon: two stores in Salem plus Redmond, Bend and Lincoln City.
"We will be asking all customers to wear masks for the safety of our employees and other shoppers," Goodwill spokesperson Dale Emanuel told KOIN 6 News.
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune and contributed to this story.
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