Reopening Oregon

Open sign lit up at Dark Pine Coffee as Lane County moved into Phase 1.

(Updated June 4, 2020)

Lane County was approved to move into Phase 2 of the Governor’s reopening process beginning June 5, 2020. Governor Brown’s Framework for Reopening Oregon outlines phases for safely restarting public life and business that are gradual, incremental and based on science and data.

Throughout the reopening process, we must all do our best to protect ourselves and one another. Please see the Protect Yourself & Others tab to review important actions that will help save the lives of our colleagues, neighbors, friends, and family members.

Oregon Moves into Phase 2 - Explained

Prerequisites for Reopening

Lane County was initially approved by Oregon Health Authority to enter Phase 1 by meeting a list of Prerequisites for Reopening including seeing a decline in COVID-19 cases, establishing a minimum testing regimen, creating a robust contact tracing system, identifying isolation facilities, finalizing and following the Oregon Health Authority’s guidelines to protect employees and consumers, having sufficient capacity to handle ongoing cases, and having enough PPE on hand. Lane County was then approved for Phase 2 by meeting Prerequisites for Phase 2.

  1. Reopening Phases 
  2. Sector Guidelines
  3. Protect Yourself & Others

Additions to Statewide Guidance

The Governor announced the limited opening of zoos, museums and outdoor gardens statewide, beginning June 3, 2020.


Lane County Approved for Phase 2 Beginning June 5

Beginning Friday, June 5, Lane County will move into Phase 2 of the reopening process, following updated health and safety guidance:

  • Gathering limits will be raised to 50 people indoors, and 100 people outdoors.
  • Indoor and outdoor venues, including theaters and churches, with 6 feet of physical distancing and other measures in place, can reach a COVID-19 occupancy limit of up to 250.
  • Offices can begin reopening and employees can return to workplaces with physical distancing and other measures in place, though remote work is still strongly recommended whenever possible.
  • Increased travel will be allowed throughout Oregon, though staying local is still recommended to prevent overloading county health systems.
  • Restaurants and bars will have curfews extended to midnight.
  • Pools and sports courts will be allowed to reopen under new guidance.
  • Indoor and outdoor activities such as bowling, batting cages, and mini golf, will be allowed to reopen under new guidance.
  • Recreational sports can resume in a limited form, under strict physical distancing guidance.

See the Sector Guidelines tab on this page for new guidance or visit the State of Oregon’s website.

Phase 1

Lane County entered Phase 1 on May 15. This phase included the following guidance:

  • Gatherings up to 25 people - physical distancing required, no travel, stay close to home and avoid overnight trips
  • Restaurants and bars – limited sit-down service with 6-foot distancing required, max group size of 10, employees must wear face coverings, must close at 10 p.m.
  • Personal care (salons, barber shops, massage) – limited with physical distancing, appointments and customer list required, providers must wear face coverings
  • Personal care (gyms and fitness centers) – limited with physical distancing and strong cleaning protocols required

See more specific details about Phase 1.

Phase 3

Mass gatherings such as major concerts or sporting events with live audiences will require a reliable treatment or vaccine to be available. It is unknown at this time when this will be. Therefore, all large gatherings should be cancelled or significantly modified through at least September. Further guidance on large gatherings scheduled for later in the fall will be provided this summer.  

Concerns About Businesses Following Guidelines

Complaints about businesses that may not be complying with the Governor’s reopening guidelines should go to the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration, known as OSHA. 

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is the lead agency related to grocery and convenience stores. Consumer complaints regarding customer behavior or a lack of customer physical distancing in the retail environment should be directed to the Oregon Department of Agriculture ODA.

Once you have reached out to these state agencies, if you would like to continue to pursue your business-related concern locally, you can contact the Lane County Non-Emergency COVID-19 Call Center at 541-682-1380 or email They strive to be responsive with a strong emphasis on education.  

Summary of Phases in Oregon

What’s Eligible to Be Open
Statewide – Effective May 15, 2020 for all counties

New statewide guidance effective June 3, 2020 for all counties
  • Non-emergency medical care, dentist offices and veterinary care
  • Retail 
  • Construction/Manufacturing
  • Expanded childcare under certain restrictions, with priority placements for children of health care workers, first responders, and frontline workers
  • Summer school, summer camps and other youth programs with physical distancing
  • Restaurants – take-out only
  • More public spaces open

  • Zoos/Gardens/Museums – limited opening
Phase 1 - Lane County approved to begin May 15, 2020
  • Restaurants/bars – limited sit-down
  • Personal care (salons, gyms) – limited
  • In-person local gatherings up to 25 with no traveling
Phase 2 - Higher risk - Lane County approved to begin June 5, 2020 
  • Gatherings limited to 50 indoors, 100 outdoors
  • Increased travel allowed; staying local still recommended
  • Limited return to work; remote working strongly recommended
  • Restaurant and bar curfew extended to midnight
  • Pools and sports court - under new guidance
  • Limited reopening of certain sectors including indoor/outdoor venues (i.e. movie theaters, churches), indoor/outdoor activities (i.e. bowling, mini golf), recreational sports
Phase 3 - Highest risk, will require reliable treatment or vaccine
  • Concerts
  • Conventions
  • Live audience sports