The City has received many questions from residents and business owners asking when Medford will begin the process of reopening our area and relax physical distancing limitations on businesses, local organizations, and workplaces.
Our elected officials and staff have been in direct communication with County and State officials to discuss the reopening process and what requirements that we, as a county, must meet to move forward with a plan.
State and County officials confirmed that local governments do not have the authority to move forward with any reopening actions that conflict with the Governor's Executive Orders. Jackson County is the lead agency and the City must follow its guidance during the reopening process.
In addition, County officials have confirmed that local governments will not have the ability to proceed with phase one of reopening, nor what will be required of certain sectors when they are able to begin reopening.
As Mayor Wheeler states in his letter to Medford residents, "A letter is currently being prepared and when the County believes they have met all of the Governorís requirements, which includes collaboration with our hospitals, it will be sent to the Governorís office for evaluation.
I want to note that the Board of Commissioners is limited by the Governorís Executive Orders and ultimately all reopening plans will have to be approved and/or allowed through her Office.
The City and our elected officials are in complete support of the Countyís effort to reopen our area."
The City has extended the local state of emergency declaration through May 28 to provide flexibility
Based on the latest information, the City's local state of emergency declaration has been extended
to May 28 (previously scheduled to expire April 30). Because the Governor has not provided an established reopening framework, extending this declaration allows the City necessary flexibility with the closure of our facilities, the current format of our meetings, as well as purchasing and response options to COVID-19 impacts.
Additionally, based on the likely timeline of the County and State, our City facility closure will continue until at least May 11.
Reopening plans are currently being created but please note that the implementation our reopening plan is dependent on the Governorís plan and approval.