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Updated: 5/20/2020 at 11:57 a.m.

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On May 14, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced that Deschutes County can begin entering Phase I of reopening.

Deschutes County demonstrated that it met all of Oregon’s safety and preparedness prerequisites for reopening, as well as a declining prevalence of COVID-19. Under Phase I guidelines, the following additional areas can operate starting May 15 if they comply with sector-specific health and safety guidance:

  • Restaurants, bars, and other such establishments for dine-in service until 10 p.m.
  • Personal services businesses
  • All retail businesses, including malls and shopping centers
  • Gyms and other fitness facilities
  • Local gatherings of up to 25 people

Phase 1 is a first step, the beginning of a process of reopening. Many safety guidelines remain in place to help keep these businesses open. The reopenings come with risks of transmitting the virus since no vaccine or medical treatment exists.

Following the guidance of health experts is crucial.

  • Wear Masks
  • Wash Hands
  • Maintain Physical Distancing

“Please remember, if you can't stay six feet apart, everyone needs to wear face coverings during Phase 1, and we’ll be able to continue reopening Bend. Although the prospect of reopening is exciting, we must all continue to be careful to keep physical distancing and minimizing travel to keep us from going backwards.” — Mayor Sally Russell

Oregonians can get more information about the reopening process, at coronavirus.oregon.gov.


MESSAGES FROM THE CITY

From Mayor Sally Russell:

Introduction to the State of Emergency (March 18)

5 Things to Know about the City's role in the response to COVID-19 (May 8)


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LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY

The City of Bend has extended a local state of emergency, effective through Phase II of the statewide phased reopening. It gives the City Manager the flexibility and authority to take action to continue serving our community while we protect the health and safety of over 700 City employees.

Tourist Travel and Related Activities Discouraged

The City has also extended an order discouraging tourist travel and related activities to remain in effect until our county successfully completes Phase 1 of the statewide reopening plan.

With Bend being a significant destination for tourism and vacation travel, Bend City Manager Eric King has issued a strong advisory temporarily discouraging recreational or vacation travel here during this COVID-19 emergency.
The order is intended to protect the health and safety of the hospital/medical system and Bend community during the state of emergency. It supports Governor Brown’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” orders to minimize non-essential travel to reduce exposure to and spread of COVID-19, novel coronavirus.

CITY FACILITIES CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC, STILL PROVIDING SERVICES

The City of Bend is taking steps to limit exposure to and spread of COVID-19. In support of state and federal guidelines for social distancing, the City has cancelled meetings, has encouraged employees to telework, is closing public access to City facilities, and is providing some ability to help local businesses impacted by this pandemic.

All City facilities, excluding the main Police Department lobby, are closed to the public.

Staff can continue working inside these buildings to provide services.

STAY HEALTHY STREETS

The City of Bend is creating pop-up Stay Healthy Streets (Neighborhood Greenways) to increase ways to safely get outdoors for exercise and recreation, enhancing the community's ability to comply with statewide physical contact prohibitions and physical distancing requirements.

For a map of the street routes and to find out more, visit bendoregon.gov/stayhealthystreets.



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PROTECTING YOURSELF

How to Protect Yourself (CDC)

Social Distancing (Oregon Health Authority)


FOR INFORMATION ON COVID-19:

The City and its employees thank you for your support and understanding as we take steps to protect the health and safety of our community during this unprecedented time.

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