PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Even though some Oregon counties still have a ways to go to reopen — most retail businesses can now resume service under strict guidelines.
The state lefted the retail ban starting Friday, regardless of whether the counties they’re in were approved for Phase 1 reopening. Any retail store can reopen, including furniture stores and boutique — but only if they’re not in a mall and they follow the new COVID-19 health guidelines.
Those safety measures include requiring employees to wear face masks which the business must provide. They will also need to limit the number of customers, posting clear signs listing COVID-19 symptoms while encouraging physical distancing. They also are required to frequently sanitize high traffic areas.
Retail stores that are in outdoor and indoor shopping centers will have to open on a county-by-county basis.
Lisa Frisch with the Portland Business Alliance said about 15 downtown stores are reopening Friday, and she expects more this weekend.
“I think this is a slow easing into some normalcy,” she said. “The governor’s orders came out pretty quickly and it takes time to get stores ready to welcome back customers.”
Secondhand stores, such as Goodwill, can also reopen.
Goodwill said they will open 5 locations in Oregon: two stores in Salem plus Redmond, Bend and Lincoln City.
“We will be asking all customers to wear masks for the safety of our employees and other shoppers,” Goodwill spokesperson Dale Emanuel told KOIN 6 News.
But just because retailers can reopen doesn’t mean they will. The Portland Business Alliance said retailers are still working on getting their employees back and their shelves restocked.