Malheur County gets green light to enter Phase 2 reopening this weekend

Gov. Kate Brown approved a plan by Malheur County to move into the second phase of reopening today, reducing many COVID-19 restrictions. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez).

VALE – People will be allowed to gather in larger numbers while area restaurants and bars can stay open until midnight starting Saturday, after Gov. Kate Brown approved Malheur County's plan to enter the second phase of reopening.

The green light by the governor loosens a host of restrictions and means local theaters, pools, bowling alleys, batting cages, jet boats and arcades can reopen as long as they follow strict social distancing and sanitization requirements.

Face masks will still be required for restaurant and bar employees and retail store workers.

For pools, the second phase still requires COVID-19 signage and physical distancing, and water fountains must remain shut down . . .