Lane County approved to begin Phase 1 of governor's re-opening plan

Phase 1 will begin for Lane County this Friday

Lane County has been approved to begin Phase 1 of Governor Kate Brown’s reopening plan for Oregon. Phase 1 includes guidance for restaurants, personal services providers, malls and gyms.

Phase 1 will begin for Lane County on Friday, May 15. The types of restrictions that are relaxed in Phase 1, and by how much, are determined by the State. Counties are responsible for demonstrating that local systems (private and public) are in place to continue providing a public health response to COVID-19.

“Lane County's application to begin Phase 1 was developed with the health and safety of our community as the topmost priority,” said Lane County COVID-19 Incident Commander Karen Gaffney. “We will continue, as the county’s public health authority, to respond to COVID-19 while at the same time we begin to increase our focus on supporting recovery, including economic recovery and the recovery of our vulnerable populations.”

At least 21 days must pass before Lane County can request moving to Phase 2. In order to be approved and keep moving through the phases, Lane County must be able to demonstrate and maintain several key things, including:

  • Decreasing COVID-19 cases for at least 14 days
  • Sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical personnel and first responders
  • Sufficient contact tracing resources
  • Sufficient testing capacity to track the disease

“Approval for Phase 1 is a positive indicator of our collective efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Lane County,” said Gaffney. “We need our community to continue being smart about maintaining physical distance, practicing good hygiene and wearing masks when distancing cannot be maintained so that we can keep our loved ones, neighbors, and coworkers healthy.”

More information, including a copy of Lane County’s blueprint and links to the Governor’s Phase 1 guidance, is available at


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