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Gov. Brown’s office offers new details of what Phase 2 reopening will look like

Phase 2 draft guidelines
Gov. Kate Brown's office
Oregon county officials were given a draft report Friday of the planned changes under Phase 2 reopening

County leaders get draft review, told of requirements to make the move

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Gov. Kate Brown's office on Friday provided county officials with new details of how a Phase 2 business and activity reopening will proceed, as counties meet requirements showing progress against COVID-19.

The current guidance of no more than 25 people in gatherings would be increased to 50 indoors and 100 outdoors, according to the draft presentation, to be adjusted based on feedback from counties and others.

Along with increased travel and a limited return to work (though remote working still "strongly recommended") would be a "limited reopening of certain sectors."

Venues such as theaters, movie theaters and churches would be allowed to reopen under as-yet unspecified "occupancy limitations," as well as sanitization requirements and physical distancing.

On Thursday, Gov. Brown's office sent a letter to county officials on how they can apply to move to Phase 2 after at least two weeks in Phase 1, and it would take effect at least three weeks after entering Phase 1 (after at least another week).

Counties must confirm they have enough personal protective equipment, list how many trained contact tracers are available and any major changes from their Phase 1 applications.

The new criteria include at least 95% of all new cases being contact-traced within 24 hours. At least 70% of new COVID-19 cases must be traced to an existing positive case.

There also cannot be a 5% or greater rise in new cases over the past week, or a significant increase in the percentage of positive cases.

Many other indoor-outdoor activities, from bowling and pool to arcades, ax throwing, jet boats, batting cages and mini-golf would not face the occupancy limitations, only the sanitization and distancing requirements.

Youth sports could resume, with physical distancing and requirements regarding equipment sharing, as well as overnight camps, with cohorts.

The current 10 p.m. curfew for restaurants and bars under Phase 1 would be extended to midnight. There also would be an increased footprint for table space and approved outdoor space, allowing partitions to curb physical distancing in booths.

Guidance is still forthcoming for Phase 2 outdoor recreation, such as pools and sports courts.

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