OFFICIAL GRANT COUNTY OREGON COVID-19 WEBSITE
Today, May 7, 2020, the Governor finalized the sectors that are in Phase I, and they released the sector-specific guidelines for restaurants and bars, personal care (salons, barber shops, etc.), and updated guidelines for retail, as well as updated general guidelines for individuals and businesses. All of these guidelines are available on the OHA web site. In the next few days they will be issuing final guidelines for gyms/fitness studios, transit, childcare and summer school/youth programs. Finally, the Governor announced that in Phase I the gathering limit is raised to 25, and also that very large gatherings, like concerts, conventions, live audience sports and festivals, will need to wait until there is a reliable treatment or vaccine and at this point should cancel or significantly modify events meeting that description at least through September.
The Grant County Emergency Operations Center has re-written the Reopening Grant County Plan to conform to the Governor's new Guidance. This plan is currently being reviewed by the Grant County Court and will be submitted to the state on Friday, May 8,2020.
The process for receiving and evaluating individual county re-opening plans will proceed on first come first serve basis. First, they will process them in order of receipt, starting on Friday morning, May 8th. They will be posting the plans they receive online as quickly as possible. In order to avoid confusion, they would like counties to remove any reference to sector-specific guidelines that may have been previously included in the plans. They want to make sure that businesses throughout Oregon know what the guidelines for their business are, and those guidelines are or soon will be on the Oregon Health Authority web site.
The Governor's Reopening Guidance for:
The State of Oregon has required all 36 Oregon counties to submit reopen phase plans to the State of Oregon for approval before the Governor will relax restrictions on various business sectors. The Governor’s plan calls for 3 phases, phase 1 lasting for 21 days AFTER the Governor’s approval. Other phases will follow. This plan was developed by reviewing multiple pages of business sector guidance from the State of Oregon and by reviewing Phase 1 Plans from other small, medium, and large counties in Oregon. The Grant County Health Department, Community Development, Emergency Operations Center (EOC), business partners and many others have worked on this Phase 1 Plan. Well over 150 hours have gone into this plan after review of hundreds of pages of documents.
Reopen Grant County Phase 1 Plan was signed by the Grant County Court today, Monday 05/04/2020, and submitted to the State of Oregon for approval. The State of Oregon continues to provide business sector guidance to county government and did so several times last week and over the weekend. The Reopen Grant County Phase 1 Plan may (or may not) need to be modified based on future guidance and requirements from the State of Oregon.
During the last two weeks the EOC’s Finance Section has worked in cooperation with the Grant County Court and Grant County Community Development to obtain the most up to date business list in our county. Business were then called and asked to take place in a survey relating to the status of their business. This information was complied, sorted and placed in various documents and the information provided to Community Development to assist them in providing information to businesses and to show government the impact the COVID-19 virus has had on our local businesses. It is hoped this information will help support local businesses. Thank you to those who took part in this survey. We will likely have other surveys for you in the future.
During the week of Monday, 05/04/2020, the EOC and our partners will be holding teleconference meetings with local government leaders and business women and men in Grant County. The EOC website, and others from the Grant County Health Department and Grant County Economic Development, will be posting helpful documents and videos online to assist businesses with reopening plans. Some of this information will including printable PDF’s, training videos and a link to ask for individual help understanding reopening plans.
During this time, the goal of Grant County Economic Development is to help local businesses as much as they can by providing them with the most current and factual information from State Senators, Representatives and organizations offering relief help to business owners and employees.
Along with the EOC and Economic Development, Oregon RAIN has provided help by sharing emergency funding opportunities with entrepreneurs, launching virtual workshops through Zoom, collecting stories of impacted entrepreneurs, providing weekly support groups and remote one-on-one consultations.
This effort has all been and continues to be a very collaborative effort between the EOC, Economic Development and Oregon RAIN to help our community through this COVID crisis.
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