The Klamath County Commissioners are pleased to announce the acceptance, by Oregon’s Governor, of our reopening plan related to the closures under the Governor’s Executive Order.  This means Klamath County moves into Phase 1 of the Governor’s reopening requirements on May 15th.

“We know our businesses are ready to hit the ground running. They’ve been patient, and we applaud them. Now, let’s all get back to work!” said Commissioner Donnie Boyd.

Commissioner Kelley Minty Morris adds, “The State had a lot of requirements to ensure, by their standards, that a county was ready to reopen. We knew we would push for reopening at the very earliest opportunity, and I’m proud of our efforts, collectively, to get our community there.”

An extensive list of reopening requirements for the sectors in Phase 1 are on the Oregon Health Authority’s website and Klamath County’s website. Phase one includes retail, child care, restaurants and bars, gyms and fitness studios, personal services like hair salons, and transit. Oregon’s Governor, in phase 1, is still restricting gatherings to 25 people or fewer, and asking citizens to wear masks when out in public.

“The hardships that our businesses have faced in the midst of these shutdowns have been considerable, but Klamath County has endured and we will come back stronger than ever.  I know our businesses are ready and I am excited to get out and support them!” said Commissioner Derrick DeGroot.

Some businesses have inquired as to where they can get the PPE required for reopening. Business Oregon has resources available, volunteers have donated masks that are being managed and available through the Blue Zones Project. Mass retailers like Amazon also have them for purchase.

Additional details are available on the Klamath County Website