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Oregon aims to include brewpubs, wineries in reopening


But Phase 1 awaits signs the state has turned the corner on COVID-19

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is planning to allow its famed microbreweries and wine tasting rooms to reopen when it starts loosening stay-home orders, rejecting a federal recommendation that bars remain closed.

Oregonians will be able to hoist a glass at their neighborhood watering holes under Gov. Kate Brown’s draft plan released on Thursday for the state’s first phase of reopening.

That puts this Pacific Northwest state, which is among two dozen states that have thus far resisted President Donald Trump’s entreaties to reopen now, in the position of going beyond his recommendations when it eventually decides to do so.

The “Opening Up America Again Guidelines” released by Trump on April 16 recommends that while restaurants open with strict distancing and sanitation protocols, bars remain closed.

But the draft plan published by Brown’s office says “restaurants, bars, breweries, brewpubs, wineries and tasting rooms” can reopen in Phase 1.

“In reviewing the White House’s guidelines and developing Oregon’s reopening plan, we have been working with stakeholders to tailor our approach to fit Oregon’s situation and needs,” said Liz Merah, a spokeswoman for the governor.

No date has been announced for Phase 1 to begin. Brown first wants evidence Oregon has turned the corner on the pandemic.

The financial impact of the shutdown on the state’s wineries, which feature top-notch pinot noir, has been “immense,” said Greg Jones, a wine expert and director of the Evenstad Center for Wine Education at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.

“Not having restaurants and other off-premise outlets open shuts down a lot of wine sales. Also, Oregon wineries are known for personal connections and winery visits, and without being open to foster those connections and visits makes it hard to keep sales going,” Jones said.

Oregon wineries that were surveyed lost an average of $44,000 in March, and as much as $700,000 for one winery, the industry group WineAmerica said.

Breweries in Oregon, including Deschutes Brewery of Bend, have laid off thousands of workers.

Under the Oregon draft plan, restaurants and watering holes will be allowed a maximum occupancy of 50% of normal capacity if social distancing can be maintained. Employees and customers would be strongly encouraged to wear face masks, though customers would not need to wear them at a table.

Businesses that plan to require wearing masks should consult with their attorneys to determine whether that can be enforced, the guidelines say.

Merah said the Phase 1 guidelines “will keep employees and patrons safe from COVID-19 as we work to gradually and safely reopen Oregon.”

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.


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  1. is this how Kate Brown was elected in the first place- by drunks, winos, and hop heads in Portland Eugene, and Salem ?

    Oregon must be proud !

  2. Yet, Phase one calls for Mosques, churches, and other places of worship to remain closed. This is beyond shameful. Its immoral and it sounds illegal! Time for the citizens of Oregon to rise up and take back our state!!

      1. It’s not open yet. And if the owners are willing when it does open under phase one, we can hold prayers there. Your idea is spot on! We can’t sit by idly while the government tries to steal our rights! And for that matter, any other establishment that is allowed to be opened while places of worship are not.

        1. Nothing says, “Responsible gun owner” like using your weapons to intimidate politicians. I think we can all agree that those camosexuals doing their soldier cosplay had nothing to do with jobs and everything with distracting from Barr turning over the Mueller GJ materials tomorrow. Or it was an amazing pop-up Viagra commercial. Not sure which. It’s pretty wild to have lived through the GOP’s Terri Schiavo era and now through their “screw ur grandma I need a haircut” actual death panel era. Have a nice day also.

  3. Pragmatic. Ready for a beer when its safe!! Regressives will be outraged by her willingness to disobey dear leader and open bars up. Even though they’ve been crying about their “rights” being violated for days. LMAO!!!!
    Golf and a whore anyone!!! trump / putin 2020!!!!

    1. “Ready for a beer when its safe”

      Beer sales (like pot) were never closed. as for the overall general safety of beer- One in eight Americans is an alcoholic- six deaths a day are associated to alcohol abuse- 15 million Americans are living with an alcohol use disorder.


      According to the CDC-
      Heavy drinking takes its toll on society as a whole, costing industry, the government, and the U.S. taxpayer an estimated at $249 billion each year !

      So go ahead- along with your golf- yer whores- guzzle your liver away.

  4. Such good news, restaurants can open and run at 50% capacity. That sounds like something they wanna do, open their business and run at a loss. With all this BS in place there is no incentive to reopen anything. Solid plan Kate.

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