Washington County was approved to enter Phase 1 of Oregon’s reopening plan on June 1. That means restaurants can allow dining in, wineries can hosting tastings, malls can open and salons and gyms can welcome clients back. It also allows gatherings of up to 25 people for recreational, cultural, civic or faith events as long as physical distancing requirements are met. Indoor social get-togethers (birthday parties, game nights etc.) are limited to 10 people.
It doesn’t mean things are going back to how they were a few months ago. Health and government officials are still asking people to avoid any non-essential travel. So while we are eager to welcome visitors back to Tualatin Valley, the most important thing right now is to keep our community safe and healthy.
What to expect in Phase 1
Whether you live in Oregon or are visiting from out of town, it’s important to know what to expect when you’re here.
You’ll likely have to make reservations for things you never thought you would! Restaurants, tasting rooms and even U-pick farms may be asking guests to call ahead and reserve their time. This will help control crowds and allow employees time to sanitize between visitors. Plan your outings ahead of time to avoid waiting and frustration.
People will be wearing masks out and about. COVID-19 is spread through droplets from coughing, sneezing and talking. Covering your mouth and nose can keep the virus out of the air. The state of Oregon is requiring people to wear a face covering when they’re going to be around people outside their household. Everyone ages 5 and up are required to wear them in public buildings as well as outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible.
Things will look different at your favorite restaurants and stores. There will be more empty tables to allow physical distancing and possible expansion of outdoor seating. There is also new signage to remind people to give each other more space. Some businesses may not be open, even if they can. Just as we saw some restaurants temporarily close instead of offering takeout, some may decide to continue offering takeout only. Check their websites and social media or call ahead to find out for sure.
Other ways to support local businesses and the community
- Keep ordering takeout, buying gift cards and starting dining in if you’re comfortable.
- Wear a mask. It helps protect you and those around you.
- Take care out there. Be aware that our outdoor areas don’t have the resources and services they usually do.
- Plan a future trip. Oregon is still asking you to wait to do any non-essential travel but you can start dreaming of your eventual visit.
Where to buy masks locally
- Lee Farms Store (adult and kid sizes)
- Bennett Urban Farm Store
- Curiosities Vintage
- Staghorn Mercantile
- Forager Vintage
Remember to dispose of masks and gloves in the trash.