Reopening Guidance and Process
Everyone is eager to return back to our normal lives, however reopening Benton County should and will be done in a way that minimizes a significant increase in positive COVID-19 cases. The table below indicates where the County is in it’s process of reopening
|Current Reopening Phase||Phase 2 More information|
|Phase 2 Application Submitted||YES|
|Phase 2 Plan Approved by OHA||YES|
|Current Phase Guidance|
|State of Oregon Requirements||Face covering required when visiting indoor public spaces, effective Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Review face covering and mask guidance.|
|Vulnerable Populations||People who are at risk for severe complications (over age 65 or have underlying medical conditions) should continue to maintain 6 ft of physical distance, avoid social settings, and minimize non-essential travel.|
|Physical Distancing Guidance||
|Gathering Size Guidance||
|Travel Guidance||Increased travel will be allowed throughout Oregon, though staying local is still recommended to prevent overloading county health systems.|
Everyone is eager to return back to our normal lives, however reopening Benton County should and will be done in a way that minimizes a significant increase in positive COVID-19 cases.
Guidance for the Public during Reopening
- Stay home if you are sick.
- To avoid exposure to COVID-19, people who are at risk for severe complications (over age 60 or have underlying medical conditions) should stay home even if you feel well.
- If you become symptomatic (cough, fever, shortness of breath) while in public, please return home and self-isolate immediately. Contact your health care provider if you need medical attention.
- Practice good hand hygiene with frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (60-95% alcohol content).
- Cover coughs/sneezes with elbow or tissue. If you use a tissue, immediately discard tissue in garbage and your wash hands.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Practice physical distancing of at least six (6) feet between you and people who you do not live with.
- Use cloth, paper or disposable face coverings in public. As Oregon is reopening and restrictions are being lifted on businesses and public spaces, it may be difficult to ensure that you can stay six (6) feet away from others at all times.
- Stay close to home. Avoid overnight trips and minimize other non-essential travel, including recreational day trips to destinations outside the community where you live. Travel the minimum distance needed to obtain essential services; in rural areas, residents may have to travel greater distances for essential services, while in urban areas, residents may only need to travel a few miles for those services.
Further guidance for the public from the Oregon Health Authority