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U.S. state of Oregon to start second phase of reopening

U.S. state of Oregon to start second phase of reopening

Jun 04, 2020

San Franscisco (USA), June 4: Governor of the U.S. state of Oregon Kate Brown on Wednesday announced details of Phase 2 of the state's social and economic reopening plan amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Today, 35 counties, home to roughly 80 percent of the state population, are in Phase 1 of our Safe and Strong Oregon Reopening Plan," she said during a news conference.
There are 31 counties that can now apply to enter Phase 2 on Friday, June 5, according to Brown.
Phase 2 continues the county-by-county approach to reopening. Counties may be approved to enter Phase 2 only if they have been in Phase 1 for at least 21 days and are succeeding in controlling the spread of the coronavirus.
"Any reopening comes with risk. That's just a fact of life right now. So we need to reduce the risk that comes with the reopening," she noted.
The Oregon Health Authority is reviewing COVID-19 metrics and data for counties that have applied for Phase 2, and on June 4 the Governor's Office will announce the initial counties entering Phase 2, the announcement said.
During Phase 2, gathering limits will be raised to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
Indoor and outdoor venues, including theaters and churches, may reach an occupancy of up to 250 with social distancing measures in place.
Restaurants and bars will have curfews extended to midnight, according to the guidance.
Source: Xinhua News Agency