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Gov. Urge for Limited Travel on Memorial Day Weekend; Main Street Resources; Food Hub Survey

By May 22, 2020No Comments

Memorial Day: The Governor issued an announcement urging restraint and limited travel over Memorial Day weekend, which was co-signed by several of mayors from our region. News release here:

Our office has also issued a FAQ for the public with questions about this weekend:

May 20 Oregon revenue forecast here:

An updated FAQ on the “PUA” program is attached. PUA is the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, an aspect of the CARES Act that extends some benefits similar to unemployment insurance to the self-employed.

The Governor’s COVID-19 website now has links to the temporary rule for agricultural operations and suggested guidance for the construction sector, both from OSHA:

Guidance for Summer Camps and Summer Schools is also up now.

Travel Oregon recently hosted a 60-minute webinar  intended to help partners understand what Oregon’s phased approach to easing restrictions means for reopening the outdoors to the public. Content included detailed information about what is permitted in Phase 1 reopening and the implications for the tourism industry. Learn more and access Travel Oregon’s webinar resources and recording, here.

A couple items from Travel Oregon’s always useful industry newsletter:

  • ORLA Provides Safety Checklists for Restaurant and Lodging Operations: Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLA) launched checklists on Monday, providing safety strategies and protocols for restaurants and lodging properties. The checklists are available on ORLA’s website

Main Street Resources. The national organization has COVID-19 survival/recovery related webinars here:

In addition, Oregon, Iowa, and Washington Main Street programs have cooperated on a Recovery Action Plan to be released next week. To register for a webinar on the rollout of that document (1PM, May 27), register here:

… and a non-Covid-19-related item!

Please help get out a “food hub” survey targeted at producers and growers in COOS, CURRY, DOUGLAS, JACKSON, OR JOSEPHINE county. NeighborWorks Umpqua, along with OSU Extension, Blue Zones Project-Umpqua and several other organizations are examining the feasibility of a regional food hub potentially serving farmers in Douglas, Curry, Coos, Jackson and Josephine Counties. Determining the interest of farmers in participating in a food hub is the essential first step in a feasibility assessment.  Survey should take 10 minutes or less.​