Large gatherings prohibited through September

This includes sporting events, concerts and fairs.

Posted: May 7, 2020 7:22 PM
Updated: May 7, 2020 7:27 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Along with announcing the state will start reopening in phases in a press conference Thursday, Gov. Kate Brown also said large-scale gatherings such as sporting events with audiences, concerts, festivals and fairs should not return until a treatment or vaccine is found.

Major events scheduled through September are to be canceled or significantly modified. When it comes to athletics, Oregon and Oregon State each have four games in September. 

Oregon State Athletic Director Scott Barnes suggested the possibility of playing games without fans is still on the table. He also said that even with the changes to the athletic department budget due to coronavirus, there are no OSU athletic programs in jeopardy of being dissolved at this time. 

"The one scenario we're not working on is not playing college football," Barnes said.

Oregon's home opener is scheduled for Sept. 5. OSU's is set for Sept. 12. 

Other events such as the Oregon Country Fair are looking at safer virtual alternatives.

"There's online platforms for engaging in commerce for some of our vendors and crafters," Oregon Country Fair Executive Director Walley Bomgaars said. "There's certainly online entertainment, virtual meetings, virtual gatherings, YouTube streaming. All kinds of things like that we're looking at."

Bomgaars said they'll announce updates on their website

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