Oregon County Governor Brown Phase 1 Opening Information

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Information on Governor Brown's Reopening of Businesses within Oregon Counties

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This is the status as of May 14th, 2020

Currently Open:

  • Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and credit unions, and gas stations are all open.
  • Restaurants are open for take-out service only.
  • Stand alone retail operations are open provided they meet required safety and physical distancing guidelines. Indoor and outdoor malls are closed.
  • Local outdoor recreation activities are open, including many state parks.
  • Non-emergency medical care, dentist offices and veterinary care are open and operating, provided they meet required safety guidelines.
  • Local cultural, civic and faith gatherings are allowed for up to 25 people provided physical distancing can be in place.
  • Local social gatherings over 10 people are prohibited and those under 10 people must use physical distancing.
  • Personal care services such as salons and barbers, as well as gyms, are closed.
  • Child care is open under certain restrictions, with priority placements for children of health care workers, first responders, and frontline workers.

Governor Brown's Phase 1 Reopening Guidelines 

Restaurants and bars must:

  • Ensure tables are spaced at least six (6) feet apart so that at least six (6) feet between parties is maintained, including when customers approach or leave tables
  • Require all employees to wear cloth face or disposable coverings (provided by the employer)
  • End all on-site consumption of food and drinks by 10pm

    Click Here to read Full Guidelines

Personal care services (salons, barber shops, massage, etc.) must:

  • Make appointments with pre-appointment health check
  • Maintain a customer log
  • Maintain Six feet physical distancing between clients
  • Remove all magazines, newspapers, snacks and beverages from waiting areas
  • Require face coverings by employees and clients (depending on the services provided)

    Click Here to read Full Guidelines

Gyms/ fitness must:

  • Limit maximum number of customers accordingly
  • Enforce physical distancing & sanitation

Local gatherings must:

  • Limit local gatherings to 25 with no traveling

Have questions whether you can open your business?

If you have questions regarding reopening your business or need other business related information, please contact the State at Business Oregon.

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Oregon General Guidance for Employers on COVID-19

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Oregon General Guidance for Residents

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Oregon State Parks Reopening Information

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Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board

           Click Here for Information for Covid Response and Resources

           Click Here for Information to Purchase Supplies such as PPE

Governor Brown's Phase 2: Higher-risk activities

After 21 days in Phase I, counties continuing to meet the prerequisites may be able to enter Phase II. Goal is to further expand gathering size, allow some office work, plus begin to allow visitation to congregate care. Specifics are still being worked out and will be based on data collected in Phase I.

May include:

  • Optional increased work in offices
  • In-person local gatherings up to 100 with physical distancing (tentative & subject to change)
  • Visitation to nursing homes (limited)

Governor Brown's Phase 3: Highest-risk activities

Large gatherings and events are not possible until a reliable treatment or prevention is available. As a result, these are cancelled or significantly modified through at least September.

May include:

  • Concerts, conventions, festivals, live-audience sports (tentative & subject to change)

Oregon Health Authority | COVID-19 Updates

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Governor Brown's Covid, Business and Public Response and Reopening Information

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Local Government Funding Information---Legislative Emergency Board Meeting 5/15/2020

Our Counties and Local Governments have been providing resources to residents in response of the Coronavirus. Federal resources for Local Governments were allocated weeks ago in the Federal CARES Act. Large/Metro Counties have already received hundreds of millions in funding. We have been working with our county commissioner colleagues to push for our other rural counties to receive the funding resources they need. The Legislative Emergency Board will finally meet on Friday, May 15th, 2020 at 1:00 pm to discuss dispersment of these federal pass through funds for local governments covid response.

            Click Here for the Link to the Meeting, Agenda and Video

Nearly $16 million in CARES Act funding to be made available to Oregon’s marine-related and coastal fishery businesses impacted by COVID-19


May 14th, 2020 - SALEM, Ore.—ODFW anticipates that nearly $16 million in federal relief aid will be available for Oregon’s marine-related and coastal fishery sectors experiencing significant economic impacts from the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The relief aid slated for Oregon is part of $300 million in fisheries assistance funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to states, Tribes, and territories with coastal and marine fishery participants who have been negatively affected.

ODFW will be the lead State agency working with fishery participants to coordinate aid. Fishery participants eligible for funding from the CARES Act include commercial fishing businesses, charter/for-hire fishing businesses, qualified aquaculture operations, processors, and other fishery-related businesses. It does not include businesses farther down the supply chain (including vessel repair businesses, restaurants, or seafood retailers), though these businesses may be eligible for other CARES Act aid. (Tribal fisheries will also be eligible for CARES Act aid but through another allocation and process not coordinated by ODFW.)

“These fisheries are a vital part of Oregon’s economic, cultural and community health, and many businesses directly supporting these fisheries have been severely impacted by the ongoing pandemic,” said Ed Bowles, ODFW Fish Division Administrator. “We look forward to working with those affected to provide some economic relief.”

The development of spending plans will not begin until after further guidance, criteria and application materials are provided by NOAA to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.  PSMFC will then work with ODFW and affected parties to develop spending plans consistent with the CARES Act and NOAA’s guidance.

All spending plans must be approved by NOAA before funds can be distributed. The CARES Act requires distribution of funds no later than Sept. 30, 2021, but ODFW hopes Oregon’s spending plan and applications can be submitted to NOAA by early fall this year to begin the approval and disbursement process.

More information and the  CARES Act and Oregon’s spending plan process will be available on ODFW’s Fish Division webpage  (https://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/CARES/) once information and application materials become available.

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I want to thank all of the frontline "essential" workers for all of your continued efforts through these difficult times. Without all of you, the public would not have the resources they need and we are grateful for your continued commitment. 

Those of you that have been unemployed and have been fighting for UI benefits, the leadership of the State of Oregon has failed you. Lexi, my Chief of Staff Shelia Megson and I have been working around the clock to assist those that have not received benefits through countless emails and phone calls. I cannot thank my Office Staff enough for their dedication to the public and support of our residents. 

If you have further questions or require more specific information that is not contained within this newsletter, please email my office and Lexi, Shelia and I will do what we can to assist.

As Oregon opens, we will have increased Covid cases. Please be respectful of others, use good hygiene and be kind to others.

If you would like more information, to sign up for my Newsletters and Press Releases or view previous information, follow the link below to my Legislative Website.

Take care of yourself, your family, your neighbor and your friends. Be safe and God Bless.


Yours truly,

Representative David Brock Smith

Representative David Brock Smith

House District 1
Curry, Coos, Douglas and Josephine Counties
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1401
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-379, Salem, Oregon 97301
Email: Rep.DavidBrockSmith@oregonlegislature.gov
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/smithd