SALEM, Ore.-- Gov. Kate Brown announced modified restrictions to counties in extreme levels Tuesday.
The governor said starting this Friday, gyms and other indoor recreation facilities can open back up. But there are still some limitations. Facilities that are larger than 500 square feet can have a maximum of six people inside. Businesses less than 500 square feet will only be allowed to have one employee and one customer.
This new capacity rule also applies to indoor entertainment venues like movie theaters and indoor concert halls.
When it comes to restaurants, indoor dining is still banned, but restaurants can now have dining pods.
The governor said this in a statement:
"The science has shown us that outdoor activities are safer than indoor activities when it comes to the spread of COVID 19, which is why we have clearly delineated guidance between indoor and outdoor activities. Oregonians have largely complied with risk levels to the point that we have not seen a surge in hospitalizations that would have jeopardized hospital capacity. This means we are able to make these adjustments for Extreme Risk counties, which should assist both businesses and Oregonians as we continue to work to stop the spread of COVID-19."
The governor said more information about the modified restrictions will be released Friday.