PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon Governor Kate Brown set an outline for what a reopened Oregon will look like during a press conference on Friday.
Oregon needs 127,000 more people to get vaccinated before reaching 70% of the eligible population vaccinated. The governor said she will lift restrictions then.
That could happen as soon as June 21 — the first day of summer.
Brown said a reopen Oregon will look much like it did before. She continued to urge Oregonians who haven’t been vaccinated to get their shots.
“No more capacity limits for businesses. Masks will largely no longer be required by the state, with the exception of places the federal government has outlined are still necessary, such as airports, public transit, and health care settings. No more physical distancing,” she said.
That means stadiums, restaurants, gyms can fill to capacity. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated Oregonians won’t be required to wear masks in most public places, except for spots the federal government requires.
However, unvaccinated people will be encouraged to wear masks to keep from spreading COVID-19.
Even when 70% of eligible Oregonians are at least partially vaccinated, that does not mean Oregon is immune from the coronavirus — especially since kids under 12 can’t get a shot yet and there are still hundreds of thousands of adults not vaccinated.
Brown said that beside the chance to win $1 million if you’ve had a COVID shot, there will be more incentives soon at both the state and local levels. Several pharmacies will extend their hours into the evening in an all-out effort to get the next 127,000 Oregonians vaccinated.
The governor added there is no plan to require school children to be vaccinated in the fall.
State will shift its response
Gov. Brown said the state’s response will be shifting.
“At the state level, we will be shifting our focus from an emergency response to pandemic recovery. Moving forward, we will support health care providers and local public health with resources to manage outbreaks and issues locally.”
Oregon Health Authority Director Pat Allen said the vaccine is proving effective.
“The vaccines were widely tested in clinical trials and doctors and medical experts tell us they’re safe and effective. Our data in Oregon continues to prove it,” Allen said.
While touring a Hood River vaccine clinic Wednesday, Brown said Oregon is getting very close to reaching the vaccination goal she set to fully reopen businesses.