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Reopening Guidance

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Updates and guidance on Oregon's phased reopening of our economy.

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On May 14, Governor Brown approved the limited reopening of certain businesses in Deschutes County under guidelines released earlier this month. Approved businesses in "Phase 1" of the reopening may begin opening under new state health guidelines on Friday, May 15. Industries in Phase 1 include: restaurants and bars, personal service businesses (salons, gyms, etc.), retail, and childcare operators. You can view more in-depth guidance for these sectors below.

The reopening will occur in phases based on the ability of Counties to meet certain public health criteria. You can view a slide deck detailing these phases and basic reopening guidelines here.  

If you are a business that is reopening, complying with these new guidelines may require significant changes to the way you operate. At their meeting on May 20, the Bend City Council expressed support for a number of measures to allow businesses to expand onto sidewalks, into private parking lots, and potentially City alleys and streets. You can find more information on these programs by scrolling down, or by clicking on the "Additional Outdoor Space" link in the menu above.

If you have questions about city requirements or are seeking additional guidance to allow your business to operate, please call our Business Assistance Hotline at 541-323-7151. 

Reopening Overview

Phase one of reopening includes a number of significant industries in Bend, including restaurants and personal care businesses (salons, barber shops, massage, fitness centers, etc.). You can view industry specific requirements that businesses must meet when reopening further down this page.

Read on for specific guidelines related to your industry. Many industries will have to make major changes to the way you do business to reopen. If you have questions about how City requirements may impact your ability to meet your reopening guidelines, please call 541-323-7151. This inbox is monitored regularly and you'll receive a call back from someone best equipped to respond to your question or request.

Sector Specific Guidance

General Employer
Personal Services
Outdoor Recreation

Additional Outdoor Space for Businesses

At their meeting on May 20, the Bend City Council expressed support for finding new ways for Bend businesses to increase their capacity by using outdoor space for outdoor seating or additional retail display area. These options include:

  1. Expanding the use of sidewalk café space in Downtown Bend
  2. Accessing outdoor space on a business’s own private property, including parking lots
  3. Allocating space on City of Bend Right of Way (roads and alleys)

In each of these cases, the business seeking to use additional outdoor space must still abide by state health guidelines, pursue the necessary permits with other regulatory agencies (like OLCC), and, if necessary, cooperate with your neighboring businesses to avoid impacts.

These options will likely remain in place through Phase I and Phase II of the Governor’s reopening guidelines.

The three options below are not mutually exclusive, what works for one business may not work for another. You can find more information on each item and follow the links to apply or provide more details. If you have questions please call our Business Assistance Hotline at 541-323-7151.

Sidewalk Space Downtown
Private Parking Lots
City Right of Way (Streets and Alleys)
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