CLACKAMAS COUNTY, OR (KPTV) - Clackamas County can begin Phase 1 of reopening the community on Saturday to become the first of the Portland metro area counties to do so.
County officials submitted the application for reopening on Tuesday after demonstrating that it meets seven prerequisites that are required by the state. The county was approved by Gov. Kate Brown on Friday.
As of Friday afternoon, 34 of the state's 36 counties have been granted approval.
Washington County submitted its application on Friday and is awaiting approval. Multnomah County has yet to submit an application for Phase 1. Officials told FOX 12 they are working to hire contact tracers and support staff. They say they meet all the other requirements.
At this point, Multnomah County has not said its timeline for applying to reopen for Phase 1.
FOX 12 spoke with some businesses in Clackamas County about how they're quickly preparing for the weekend.
"I can't tell you how excited I am about it," Cooper Mixner, owner of Wanker's Corner in Wilsonville, said.
Business owners in the area say the past couple of months have be difficult. But for some businesses, just opening up comes with its own set of challenges, like Impact Jiu Jitsu in Clackamas, which resumes operations on Tuesday.
"You know, it’s fitness, it’s self-defense training, but really it’s community," Michael Chapman, who owns the business with his wife, Tracy, said.
The Chapmans had to figure out how they're going to let members back into the gym to participate in wrestling. They decided those classes would be done in partnerships with only people who have been quarantined together.
"The partnering would then do all of the class with just one person and then they would leave," Michael Chapman said.
Meanwhile, restaurants like Wanker's Corner have been operating on takeout orders only, but say that hasn't been enough.
"We’ve probably been operating at about 10 to 15% of our regular revenue, so not enough to pay any of the bills," Mixner said.
So, they've been waiting for this for awhile, and are getting the final pieces into motion.
"Mad dash to make sure we have the right supplies, right bar supplies, enough food, everything like that to go to a wide open menu," Mixner said.
Mixner says that normally a holiday weekend would mean slow business because of vacations, but with that option off the list, he expects it could be a very busy weekend for them.
Under Phase 1, sit-down restaurants and bars, barbers and salons, and gyms can open but in a limited capacity and must follow strict guidelines that differ based on each sector.
Eventually, Phase 2 and 3 of the plan allow for increased gathering sizes and resumption of non-essential travel, nursing home and hospital visits, and additional seating at restaurants, bars, and other venues.
Counties are required to remain in Phase 1 for at least 21 days. For more on county application statuses, visit https://govstatus.egov.com/reopening-oregon#countyStatuses.
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