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Oregon Set to Restart from Coronavirus Pause Next Week

Oregon Governor Kate Brown on Thursday unveiled plans to start reopening the state on May 15. The tentative lifting of a coronavirus stay-at-home order in place for seven weeks since March 23, will roll out in phases, with the initial one lasting at least 21 days.

The Governor outlined a broad set of policies that were crafted in collaboration with other states, local officials and business leaders in specific industries. Among the reopening guidelines are public health prerequisites that counties must meet to initiate the process, a new statewide face mask policy, as well as conditions individual businesses must meet.

Under the first phase of Gov. Brown’s plan to restart the state’s economy, the types of places that could reopen starting May 15 include outdoor recreation, restaurants, shopping malls, breweries, salons, and tattoo parlors. That would include standalone furniture stores, art galleries, jewelry shops and boutiques. All must adhere to physical distancing guidelines and are contingent upon their counties receiving approval to reopen.

Oregon’s 36 counties can begin to submit plans today showing they are able to meet seven public health criteria. Those include declining levels of COVID-19 hospital admissions, minimum levels of testing and contact tracing capacity, adequate hospital surge capacity, quarantine facilities and PPE; and finalized sector guidelines from the state to communicate to individual businesses.

Large gatherings will remain forbidden until an effective prevention and treatments are available. That means live sports events, concerts, theater performances, festivals and conventions aren’t permitted yet.

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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