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Lane County gets green light to reopen on May 15

Lane County is joining the list of counties allowed to reopen in phase one of Gov. Kate Brown's plan.

Posted: May 14, 2020 6:53 AM
Updated: May 14, 2020 9:13 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- After many weeks of being under the stay-at-home order, Lane County will soon begin reopening in phase one of Gov. Kate Brown's plan.

Brown approved the county's application in a letter sent on May 13. It will be effective Friday, May 15.

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Under phase one, restaurants and bars can open up for sit-down services with restrictions, and so can barbers and hair salons. Gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed.

Lane County submitted their plan for reopening on May 8, joining dozens of other Oregon counties seeking to start the process.

In their applications, county leaders needed to show how they believe they have met the state's seven prerequisites for phase one. Those requirements include a decline in positive cases, sufficient personal protective equipment, and a testing rate of 30 people per 10,000 every week.

“Lane County's application to begin phase one was developed with the health and safety of our community as the topmost priority,” said Lane County COVID-19 Incident Commander Karen Gaffney. “We will continue, as the county’s public health authority, to respond to COVID-19 while at the same time we begin to increase our focus on supporting recovery, including economic recovery and the recovery of our vulnerable populations.”

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Coos and Douglas counties have also been approved.

Gov. Kate Brown plans on holding a press conference at 10 a.m. to release a full list of counties that have been approved. Stay with KEZI 9 News for the latest.

At least 21 days must pass before the county can apply for phase two. Other conditions must also be met.

Below is the letter from Brown:

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