Washington County has entered 'Phase 1.' Here's what that means
Starting Monday, June 1, Washington County has officially entered the first phase of reopening, but while the No Contact order may be lifted for county residents, things won't be back to normal for some time.
Under Phase 1, some restrictions will be lifted for certain businesses, but gatherings will still be limited to small groups and people are advised to limit interactions as much as possible. Social distancing requirements will remain in effect, requiring people to remain at least six feet apart.
• Restaurants and bars will be allowed to offer dine-in service, under certain conditions: Parties must consist of 10 or fewer; and tables must be spaced six feet apart. Dining rooms must close by 10 p.m. and workers are required to wear masks.
• In-person gatherings, such as parties, weddings and other celebrations, must be limited to 25 people or fewer and travel is restricted.
• Barbershops, salons and massage parlors are allowed to reopen by appointment only and customers must be spaced at least six feet apart. Employees and customers must wear masks and all magazines, snacks and amenities must be removed from waiting rooms to limit infection.
• Gyms and fitness centers have occupancy limits, as well as social distancing and sanitation requirements.
Washington County was given clearance to enter Phase 1 after it showed a decline in hospitalizations, and had sufficient testing and contact tracing capabilities, among other requirements. The first Oregon case of the disease was diagnosed at a Hillsboro hospital, and the county remained one of the hotspots for the disease for months.
Multnomah County is the only county not yet cleared to enter Phase 1 of reopening, though that approval is expected later this month.
Phase 2 of Oregon's reopening plan will ease restrictions further, but Washington County won't be eligible for that until later this summer. To enter Phase 2, counties must have remained in Phase 1 for at least 21 days.
Specifics about what restrictions will be lifted during Phase 2 aren't yet finalized, and will depend on data collected during Phase 1, according to the state. Authorities have said they will likely expand the sizes of gatherings and allow visitation to some care facilities.
Counties won't be able to enter Phase 3 — which will look at re-opening concerts, sporting events and other large gatherings — until reliable treatment or vaccine for COVID-19 is available.
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