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Oregon retailers reopen with OHA guidance

Friday, May 22, 2020   (0 Comments)
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As part of the first phase of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s plan to reopen Oregon’s economy, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released specific safety guidance for retail stores May 16.

Approved counties will remain in the first phase for at least three weeks before they can apply to move into the next phase of the reopening process.

Nurseries and garden centers were not required to close during the pandemic, but like other businesses, they were required to adhere to social distancing standards. In a report by The Oregonian/OregonLive, Portland Nursery owner Troy Dunsmuir explained that the new positions he has hired to sanitize carts and keep customers separate are new added costs of doing business. Portland Nursery closed their indoor store and redesigned how customers flow in and out of their retail spaces.

“It’s super labor intensive and most of the positions we’re hiring for don’t really make you any money,” Dunsmuir said. “But we’re taking the long-term look at it. Those positions don’t make us money in terms of selling something, but they continue our reputation of being a responsible business in the community and they allow us to keep our employees. If your employees don’t feel safe, you are going to lose employees.”