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Chamber to host Phase 4 opening event

‘We’ve worked hard towards this’

The Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce has taken action in recent weeks to help out small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19. Photo supplied.
The Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce has taken action in recent weeks to help out small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19. Photo supplied.

With the state’s Phase 4 reopening set to begin on June 26, the Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce will be closing something on Saturday—a street. 

Business owners and the community are invited to join the Chamber on Saturday, June 27 at 8:45 a.m. in front of Oregon City Hall in the 100 block of North Third Street, to celebrate the reopening with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Phase 4 allows some indoor dining and drinking as well as gatherings up to 50. 

“I’m emotional just thinking about it,” Chamber Executive Director Liz Vos said. “We’ve worked hard towards this. To see people and have this moment where it’s like, ‘hey, we made it.’”

Attendees are invited to go to the Oregon Coliseum afterwards for the Chana School Foundation Sale. No more than 50 are allowed inside and visitors must wear masks. Local musicians and artists, invited by Aireloom Music Studio, will perform on the Coliseum lawn. 

“Spend the day perusing the town wide garage sales, visit our boutiques, listen to live music, and grab a bite to eat at any of our area restaurants,” a Chamber press release said. 

Some nonprofits will also have tables on the Coliseum lawn.

“The creators didn’t stop creating during COVID-19,” Vos said. “They wrote new songs and made new art and they have things to share with the community.”

Vos said she’s proud of the way area businesses have done in phase three with getting creative with outdoor dining and drinking and adhering to guidelines. She hopes to continue the local economy’s road back to normalcy from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“I am so thankful and excited for everyone to be able to reopen and for them to get back to a small sense of normalcy and be inside bars and restaurants again,” Vos said. “It’s not 100 percent, But I wanted to celebrate with the community.”

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