Governor Kate Brown said the State of Oregon will reopen by no later than June 30 in a press conference Friday.
Brown earlier said she’d open Oregon when vaccinations hit 70 percent, and that metric is likely to be hit by July 1, if the current rate of vaccination holds.
Reopening means there will be no more emergency COVID-19 restrictions on businesses or social distancing, although Brown said Oregon might choose to stick with federal guidelines concerning masks in airports, hospitals and public transportation.
“It means, effectively, Oregon is 100 percent open for business,” Brown said.
Lincoln County went “permanently low-risk” in May, having hit the 65 percent goal for vaccinations. Businesses in the county are open, but a staffing shortage affects many operations with owners having to reduce open hours.
A reopening could come sooner than June 30, if Oregon’s vaccinated percentage reaches 70 percent before then.