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Page Updated May 8, 2020, 530 p.m. PST
'Reopening Oregon' plan issued May 7
On Thursday, May 7, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced the Reopening Oregon: Details on Restarting Public Life and Business plan. Under this plan, Oregon counties may begin to reopen as early as May 15, provided that they apply to reopen and provided that certain requirements are met. These include a two-week drop in new COVID-19 infections, sufficient safety equipment for doctors and health care workers, sufficient hospital beds to care for COVID-19 patients, and available tests and the means to track COVID-19 infections.
Reopening will happen in three phases. Phase I will involve lower risk activities. Phase II will involve higher risk activities. Counties must remain in Phase I for at least 21 days before entering Phase II. Phase III will involve highest-risk activities and will not happen until there is a reliable treatment or vaccine for the COVID-19 illness. Until counties are admitted to Phase I, they must remain under the Stay Home Executive Order 20-12 PDF that was issued on March 23. That order allows retail and wholesale nurseries to continue operating at their discretion in all Oregon counties.
Details on the reopening plan can be found at the governor's COVID-19 Resources for Oregonians page.
Further details on the reopening plan:
Stay Home, Save Lives order issued March 23
On Monday, March 23, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20–12 PDF which mandates social distancing. This order marks a major shift from merely recommending social distancing, to mandating it. People are being told to stay at home unless necessary: "Stay Home, Save Lives" is the message.
Wholesale and retail nurseries in Oregon may continue to operate at their discretion. The executive order prohibits certain activities, but wholesale and retail nurseries are not listed and therefore may remain open for business. We have confirmed this with Gov. Brown's chief of staff, as well as Alexis Taylor, director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture. However, the executive order imposes some requirements for those businesses that continue to operate:
OAN office closed, employees working from home
OAN employees remain on the job, working from home to assist you, but the OAN office has closed until further notice to reduce exposure opportunities and protect employees and their families. We are doing our best to respond promptly but ask for your patience. Please contact us individually by email, or email email@example.com and we will direct your inquiry to the staff person who can best respond promptly.
For more information on Executive Order 20–12 and its exact requirements, please see this outline developed by OAN legal counsel Jordan Ramis PC PDF
From OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone's column (Digger magazine, April 2020):
We value what you contribute to our green industry and greatly appreciate your support. All green industry businesses (OAN member or not) will have access to this page and its compiled information for the duration of this pandemic. We are all in this together.
This page includes the following recommended resources to inform your approach to the coronavirus pandemic:
The Nursery & Landscape Association Executives of North America (NLAE) group has launched a one-stop tool for green industry businesses to see how operations and shipments to and within various North American states and provinces are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The map is hosted by NLAE. It was developed by a partnership comprised of OAN, the Arizona Nursery Association and NLAE, with contributions from various other state trade associations.
For wholesale growers (and also retailers) who have lost workers to the COVID-19 pandemic and need help, we have created a special page listing nurseries indicating that they need seasonal help. This is for production labor to fill peak shipping/sales needs. All must state they are following social distancing protocols as required by the state.
Many OAN member retailers are taking extra steps to provide eager gardeners with a "Safer Shopping" experience. They're offering advance ordering (by email, web or phone), curbside pickup, home delivery, special hours, online seminars and more. The OAN is compiling a list of these retailers in Oregon and SW Washington as a service to gardeners as well as retailers, and has posted it on the Plant Something Oregon consumer website. It is updated regularly:
The OAN's legal counsel Jordan Ramis PC is closely tracking local, state, and federal developments related to COVID-19. Jordan Ramis is advising the OAN on issues of general interest, and the OAN is circulating that information to our members. Unlike many industry legal issues which fall under the OAN's Legal Access program, in this case, specific legal advice regarding workforce issues need to be handled on a case-by-case basis under an attorney-client relationship. Jordan Ramis lawyers are available to set up new client matters to assist our members during these difficult times. To retain the firm, please contact Peter Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org or Steve Shropshire at email@example.com.
Attorney Peter Hicks of Jordan Ramis PC has suggested the following approach when it comes to nursery employees:
To provide legal guidance the OAN is offering the following articles in partnership with Jordan Ramis PC:
Whether your business is a wholesale grower, nursery retailer, landscape business, supplier, service provider or more than one of these, the OAN is concerned about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on you, your employees and your business. We are in constant communication with the governor's office and legislators so that your concerns are heard and understood. The Legislature has formed a Special Joint Committee on Coronavirus Response to consider relief measures for the Oregon Legislature to consider during a special session that is likely to be called the week of March 30. Updates will be posted here. Members may contact OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org with their input, concerns and questions.
Agricultural consulting and accounting firm K·Coe Isom, in conjunction with OAN, presented a webinar on the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act), which provides $2 trillion in economic aid, including $10 billion for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) and $350 billion for Paycheck Protection Loans to help small businesses.
In the news
Digger magazine, published by OAN, is committed to covering the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the green industry in Oregon and elsewhere. Watch this space for updates, or go to www.DiggerMagazine.com.
State of Oregon
U.S. Federal Government
Green industry resources
In addition to this OAN resource page, the following are available. Please note the list is not exhaustive and is subject to change at any time:
States and Provinces
As with any crisis or anything that makes headlines, there will be people working together for the common good — and there will be criminals seeking to exploit any fears and uncertainties that people may be feeling. Here are some tips, courtesy of the Oregon Bankers Association, to help you stay on guard against the latter.
2020 Farwest Show
Late this summer, the 2020 Farwest Show will take place August 26–28 at the Oregon Convention Center. This is our industry's showcase to the nation. We are planning for the show to take place as scheduled, and hopeful the threat will have subsided by then. However, we will continue to monitor the situation and take all prudent precautions to ensure a safe and successful show for exhibitors, presenters and guests.