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Malheur County edges toward next phase of reopening

Restrictions on some businesses may be lifted if Gov. Kate Brown approves a request from Malheur County to move into Phase 2 of a reopening plan. (CDC file art)

ONTARIO – Local residents may get to go for a swim, stay later at a local restaurant or bar and go bowling if the state approves a request from Malheur County later this week.

Monday, county officials ask Gov. Kate Brown to move the county to the second phase of reopening, a loosening of restrictions that allows more freedom of movement in the community.

The county wants permission to adopt the new standards on Saturday, June 6.

If the governor agrees, theaters, swimming pools, bowling alleys, batting cages, jet boats, axe throwing and arcades in a county can reopen as long as they follow strict social distancing and sanitization . . .