Governor Kate Brown announced Wednesday that Marion and Polk counties can begin entering Phase I of reopening on Friday, May 22 under her framework for building a safe and strong Oregon.
County officials presented revised applications to the Oregon Health Authority and the Governor’s Office to confirm both counties met Oregon’s safety and preparedness prerequisites for reopening. The counties needed to show declining hospitalizations for COVID-19.
Phase I allows sit down dining in restaurants and salons and barber shops can open following specific health guidelines.
Clackamas County's request is being considered by the Governor's office and Washington County is expected to submit its request on Friday.
Multnomah County health officials say they need a better staff of contact tracers before they can make their request.