Columbia County Approved by State to Begin Phase 1 of Reopening on Friday May 15

Posted by City Hall on May 14, 2020

The Columbia County COVID-19 Reopening Framework Plan (Resolution 42-2020) was officially approved by the State of Oregon onWednesday, May 13 and the county can begin Phase 1 of reopening beginning on Friday, May 15.

In Phase 1, Columbia County can begin the limited reopening of the following sectors under specific guidelines and encouraged social distancing:

Restaurants and bars for sit-down service: Requirements include six feet of social distancing; a limit of groups in number to 10 or fewer; food and drink consumption must end by 10 p.m.; and workers are required to wear masks. For more information on the reopening requirements for restaurants and bars, visit:

Personal service providers (such as barbers, salons, and massage therapists): Requirements include social distancing; appointment-only; and a personal protective equipment and customer list. For more information on the reopening requirements for personal service providers, visit:

Shopping centers and malls: Requirements include arranging common area settings to maintain six feet of social distancing; determining maximum occupancy to maintain best social distancing practices; and posting signs to discourage groups from congregating. For more information on the reopening requirements of shopping centers and malls, visit:

Gyms and fitness centers: Requirements include a maximum gathering limit; social distancing; and sanitation. Additional guidance is forthcoming from the State.

In-person gatherings: Up to 25 people, travel restrictions still apply.

Please read the press release from the County Commissioners and approval letter from Governor Brown.