Oregon’s draft guidelines for reopening businesses

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We might see limited seating at restaurants and workers may get their temperatures checked

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday released a draft of guidelines that many businesses might have to follow to keep employees and customers safe when they reopen.

The draft explains what the first phase of reopening might look like and includes guidelines on maintaining strict social distancing. Businesses may also have to record customers’ information in the event of health officials needing to trace who came in contact with someone infected with the coronavirus.

“Consider keeping a record of name, contact information and date/time of visit for customers/visitors for purposes of contact tracing if needed. Businesses should inform customers/visitors of the reason the information is being collected and how the information will be used,” read the draft of employer guidelines posted on Brown’s coronavirus website

David Gilchrist of Portland told KOIN 6 News he’s comfortable providing that information.

“They get that from credit cards anyway,” he said. “But I mean I don’t mind that. We are using their place and if they have a box where they don’t send advertisements, I’m happy.”

Restaurants may have to limit seating, maintain six feet of social distancing and limit the use of shared items. Workers would need to stay farther away from other workers. Employers could encourage workers to wear cloth face-coverings and train employees in safety requirements. Businesses could also consider taking their workers’ temperatures and checking for respiratory symptoms.

“I think it’s going to be a norm soon and people are going to stay hopefully a lot safer, healthier and look out for others as well,” said Gilchrist.

KOIN 6 News reporter Jennifer Dowling met “foodies” Alex and Mara on Thursday as they were out enjoying some sweet treats they got to-go from Little River Cafe. The pair enjoyed their treats outside but look forward to the day when they can sit inside a restaurant once again.

“It’s tough being downtown and not getting to go in anywhere,” Alex said.

News that a plan has been drafted to reopen bars and restaurants gives them hope.

“We are very excited to be able to get back to a couple of our favorite spots that we haven’t been able to open like mom and pop shops and such,” Mara said.

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