Oregon businesses are taking their own path to reopening

Governor Kate Brown lifted all state-imposed pandemic restrictions on June 30

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Businesses in Oregon are celebrating the end of pandemic mandates, but some are still taking precautions as they navigate the winding road to normalcy.

Governor Kate Brown dropped all statewide COVID restrictions on Wednesday. More than 2 million adults in the state have been vaccinated, falling just below the 70% vaccination threshold.

Last week, Brown signed a “recovery-oriented executive order” that lifts any remaining health and safety restrictions issued for the pandemic once the state hits the threshold or June 30 – whichever comes first .

A 24-hour fitness center in Portland no longer checks vaccination cards or requires masks. The gym has also reopened its sauna and cardio machines as social distancing is no longer required. But 24 Hour Fitness is still not open 24 hours a day. The company said it will continue to extend its hours of operation as demand increases.

“We’ve had a lot of changes, even having the gym outside for a while. It’s definitely been tough for the company and the members, you know, not having access to the things that they really need to have access to, ”said CEO Will Brauckmiller. “So happy to be open again and to be able to offer this to everyone again.”

The Italian market of Montelupo on 28 NE and Flanders take a slower approach for a complete reopening.

“We’re very excited and a little hesitant as well, so we’ve interviewed all of our staff and they all still want to wear their masks,” said co-owner Adam Berger.

The restaurant currently has a large outdoor dining area and plans to reopen its bar and indoor dining area by the end of July. Montelupo opened just before the pandemic hit. To accommodate, the owners have added a market where people can find hand-made desserts and pasta to take out, as well as items imported from Italy. Berger said they would never have opened the market before the pandemic, but have come to love it and plan to keep it going. Customers are still required to wear masks at this time.

Restaurant and gym are trying to hire additional staff, but say they struggled to find people.

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