Update: Reopening, Unemployment, and Transparency

Kim Wallan


I hope that Phase 1 reopening has been treating you well. Jackson County has applied for Phase 2, which, if approved, can begin as soon as tomorrow.

If you are still experiencing issues with the Employment Department or have other questions, you can reach me and my staff at Rep.KimWallan@oregonlegislature.gov.

Read on for additional updates.



Phase 2 Reopening

Jackson County's application to enter Phase 2 reopening is currently under review by the governor's office and OHA. Our county officials are confident that we have met the criteria to take the next step in reopening southern Oregon's economy. 

According to the information currently available from OHA, we can expect to see somewhat larger social gatherings allowed, although physical distancing is still mandatory. We should see further guidelines show up on the OHA website once the governor's office has finalized them.

As of the best information we have from Governor Brown's press conference yesterday, Phase 2 will include the following changes:

  • Churches and synagogues can begin holding services as long as physical distancing is possible
  • Recreational sports will be allowed at parks and schools
  • Collegiate athletes will be allowed to train
  • Venues like movie theatres and bowling alleys will be opened at limited capacity
  • Bars and restaurants can stay open until midnight. 

DMV Reopening

The Medford DMV reopened yesterday, June 3 by appointment only. The immense volume of calls for appointments yesterday shut down the phone system statewide. Fortunately, they were able to quickly set up an online scheduling system. They reported that the online system is fully functional and working smoothly. There is a large backlog because of the shutdowns, so there will probably still be a delay in securing an appointment. 

Many DMV functions can be completed online. On OregonDMV.com you can use the decision tree there to determine whether you need an in-person appointment or whether your issue can be handled online. The scheduling tool is available at the same website should you require an in-person appointment.

Although DMV offices are reopening, driving tests are still not being conducted. It is possible to complete your driving test with a private testing company and file your certificate of completion with the DMV. 

If you have an expired driving permit or license, law enforcement and DMV worked together to give a grace period until October. Please note, however, if you are pulled over while engaged in criminal activity, you may still receive an additional penalty for driving with an expired license. 

Transparency Thursday

Transparency Thursday

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