The Governor’s office announced today Baker County will be moving from ‘high risk’ to the ‘lower risk’ category next week. The guidelines for ‘lower risk’ will take effect February 12, and will allow greater capacity for gyms, retail stores, churches, and indoor seating at eating and drinking establishments than what is allowed under the current ‘high risk’ category. Specific guidance is available on the Oregon Health Authority’s website.
Commissioner Mark Bennett says, “I’m really glad to see our risk level drop to this lowest level. Our businesses need this to happen, and need Baker County to stay at this level. Thank you for staying home if you’re sick, washing your hands, and taking steps to keep each other healthy. It has made a big difference, and it’s vital to protecting our community and staying open.”