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Multnomah County is the last county in the Portland area to apply to reopen its economy

KOIN 6 NEWS - Shoppers lined up outside a store in the Clackamas Promenade for the first weekend of reopening under Phase I. 
Businesses in Clackamas County began reopening on Saturday, and customers started returning to their favorite retail shops.

Clackamas is the first county in the Portland metro area to get Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's approval to reopen. Multnomah County has yet to apply.

There were a few lines due to social distancing inside the stores at the Clackamas Promenade, but shoppers said it wasn't too bad of a wait Saturday afternoon. They shared their experiences as they stood outside a Hobby Lobby.

"There are lines, of course, because they are limiting the number of people inside, which I think is a good idea, but the line here is moving quickly," said Danell Bjornson.

"I feel like the line aren't as bad as I thought it would be," said another shopper.

Two women were out shopping at Hobby Lobby for supplies in order to make tie-dye, while Bjornson said she was there to get supplies to make t-shirts for an upcoming virtual walk for the National Association for Mental Illness.

Bjornson said she believed that social distancing — maintaining six feet of physical distance from one another and wearing masks — was important so that the county doesn't backslide and get forced into another lockdown. She said she was happy to be out of the house after weeks of being at home.

"As a mom of two young kids, this is like vacation being outside the home for a little bit," said Bjornson.

In Phase I of the governor's plan to reopen the state, gatherings of 25 people are allowed with social distancing measures in place. Bars, restaurants, gyms, malls, and other personal services will be allowed to open up. For businesses ready to open their doors to customers this weekend, guidelines on how to do so safely are available online.

KOIN News 6 is a news partner of the Portland Tribune.


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