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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on May 15, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Oregon, we recommend that you visit the state’s COVID-19 Resources website.

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Description of Program and Relief

Guidance for Reopening Businesses

Governor Brown has announced guidance for certain businesses to reopen in the state, if there are no countervailing city or county restrictions, based on a phased plan. Each county must apply and be approved to enter each phase of reopening (Phases 1-3). A list of counties and their application status can be found here. If a county does not meet the thresholds to enter Phase 1 on May 15, 2020, a “Baseline” reopening plan will apply. Businesses that will reopen in each phase are the following:


  • Beginning May 15, 2020, the Governor’s Office has announced that all counties not entering a Phase 1 reopening will enter a Baseline reopening, which includes grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and gas stations, restaurant take out service, standalone retail operations, non-emergency medical and dental care, and other specified business. A full list of the Baseline guidelines may be found here.

Phase 1:

  • Counties approved to enter Phase 1 may reopen restaurants and bars, personal care services like salons and barber shops, and gyms and fitness centers on a limited basis, so long as such business comply with safety guidelines. A detailed list and the safety guidelines may be found here.

Phase 2:

  • After 21 days in Phase 1, a county may allow offices to optionally reopen, and may allow larger gatherings of up to 100 people with social distancing. The guidelines of this phase are tentative and subject to change.

Phase 3:

  • Phase 3, which includes concerts, conventions, festivals and live-audience sports, will not begin until a reliable treatment or prevention is available.

Businesses should check for any additional city or county restrictions before opening.

Government or Lead Agency

Governor’s Office

Dates Available

Baseline reopening will begin on May 15, 2020. Start dates of each phase will vary based on county application status.

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

Applies to counties and establishments falling into categories listed above and meeting required safety guidelines. Other city or county restrictions may apply.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)


Contact for More Information

Business Oregon Navigator Hotline may be reached at (833) 604-0880.

County specific contact information may be found here.

List of Additional Information

Additional information and press releases discussing the directives may be found here.

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