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Oregon Begins To “Reopen”

Oregon Begins To “Reopen”

As elsewhere in the U.S., Oregon has been subject to coronavirus “Stay-At-Home” orders and restrictions on travel, closure of restaurants and bars, and very importantly for Oregonians, access to its state parks.

Beginning on Friday, May 15, 2020, Oregon Governor Brown approved the applications of 31 of the state’s 36 counties to enter “Phase I” of “reopening.

Counties surrounding or near Portland did not apply to “reopen” (presumably because none believed they could meet the criteria to ease the coronavirus restrictions) and ironically, Marin County where Salem, the state capitol is located, did not have its application approved yet.

Oregonians (at least those living in urban areas) are encouraged to limit travel to no more than 50 miles from home but that means at least for some, visiting state parks is now possible, including at least some in the state’s popular coastal areas.

And others may venture into state parks east of the Cascades, such as Smith Rock State Park, especially if they reside in cities like Bend or Sisters.

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