Lane, Douglas counties enter ‘Phase Two’


On June 5, Lane County entered Phase 2 of the state’s three-phase reopening strategy after months of combating the COVID-19 pandemic. Out of 36 Oregon counties, 29 have so far been approved for Phase 2 reopening.

Phase 2 has eased restrictions to allow for larger gatherings, extended hours for bars and restaurants, reopening theaters and pools, and increased travel throughout the state. Countywide changes include:

• Gathering limits raised to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.

• Indoor and outdoor venues, including theaters and churches, with six feet of physical distancing and other measures in place can reach a 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 curfews have 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, are allowed to

On June 5, Lane County entered Phase 2 of the state’s three-phase reopening strategy after months of combating the COVID-19 pandemic. Out of 36 Oregon counties, 29 have so far been approved for Phase 2 reopening.

Phase 2 has eased restrictions to allow for larger gatherings, extended hours for bars and restaurants, reopening theaters and pools, and increased travel throughout the state. Countywide changes include:

• Gathering limits raised to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.

• Indoor and outdoor venues, including theaters and churches, with six feet of physical distancing and other measures in place can reach a 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 curfews have 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, are allowed to reopen under new guidance.

• Recreational sports can resume in a limited form, under strict physical distancing guidance.

Phase 2 is expected to last longer than Phase 1 as Oregon health officials have said that counties may not see Phase 3 until at least September.

Lane County has not seen a significant spike in COVID-19 cases since Phase One reopening was approved on May 15. 

As of June 10, the county has reported 81 total cases, three deaths, four currently active (resting at home) and 74 recovered cases.

Meanwhile, the City of Cottage Grove has updated some of its practices and announced the continuation of others to match Phase 2 standards:

• City Hall will remain open from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

• The municipal court is operating at City Hall in a remote and in-person process and it is recommended that the public contact the court clerk for specific information about attending court.

• Official city meetings are continuing to be conducted virtually with limited seating in the council chambers to meet distancing requirements.  

• City parks remain open. Though restrooms in the parks are open, they will not be cleaned after every use.

• Visitors to parks are encouraged to bring their own drinking water and hand sanitizer, follow physical distancing requirements and consider using face masks or coverings.

• Tennis and pickleball courts, the skate park and the disc golf course are all open as long as physical distancing can be maintained.

• Picnic tables and covered areas are available but are not cleaned between each use. Park users wishing to use picnic tables should clean the surfaces of the tables before use.

• Park drinking fountains, playground equipment and basketball courts will remain closed.

• The city is not taking reservations for use of city meeting space or parks. No meetings other than official city meetings are being held within City Hall or the Community Center. 

Park space is available on a first-come, first-served basis and physical distancing and gathering-size restrictions must be met.

• The Cottage Grove Armory remains closed to all use.

While the Cottage Grove Community Center and library remain closed, the interior spaces in the Community Center are undergoing remodeling and painting and the library is being modified for reopening.

“We’re working on plans to open the library hopefully in the next couple of weeks,” said City Manager Richard Meyers on Tuesday, but “it will not be the library as we’ve known it.”

Current plans are to initially open the library for computer use in the morning, letting five people in every hour on the hour. 

After about half an hour of computer use, people will be asked to leave as staff sanitize the area for the next group.

In later weeks, books may be available for online order and physical check-out through the library’s side door.

More information about Oregon reopening strategy can be found at govstatus.egov.com/reopening-oregon.

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