Wondering when you can leave your home again? Here's some good news. Oregon's reopening plan is letting you go to restaurants and bars for sit-down service again this weekend.

"We are on track in meeting the goals that doctors and public health experts have laid out for us. And that means we now have the opportunity to begin rebuilding a safe and strong Oregon," announced Governor Kate Brown.

What changed?

More than thirty counties across the state have applied to reopen. 

Approved counties will be able to start lifting more restrictions on the stay-at-home order on May 15. According to phase 1 of Brown's reopening plan, it includes the following:

  • Restaurants & bars will reopen for sit-down service

  • Barbers, salons, and massage parlors

  • Gyms and fitness centers

  • In-person gatherings of up to twenty-five people; travel is not allowed

There will still be safety precautions during the reopening of all these businesses.

Six feet apart social distancing requirements will still be in place and restaurant capacity will be limited to parties of ten or less. Food and drink service will end by 10 p.m. and all workers will wear masks.

Barbershops, salons, and massage parlors will operate by appointment only. Workers must use personal protective gear and keep a list of customers who visited on file.

Gyms and fitness centers will also have strict rules in place. This includes limits on the number of people inside and sanitation rules. 

You can find a complete list of regulations on the state of Oregon's website.

Counties that want to reopen must meet several conditions:

  • "Show a decline in COVID-19 or have fewer than 5 hospitalizations

  • "Have sufficient COVID-19 testing and contact tracing capability

  • "Establish plans for the isolation and quarantine of new cases

  • "Have the hospital capacity to handle any surge in COVID-19 cases

  • "Have enough personal protective equipment for health care workers"

Oregon is one of the first states to begin allowing sit-down dining services and personal care appointments after the stay-at-home orders. The state's stay at home order was issued on March 23.

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