SALEM (AP) — Restaurants, bars, salons, gyms and other businesses in Marion and Polk counties have been approved to reopen starting Friday with strict safety measures meant to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday approved a plan for easing of restrictions that allows some businesses and services to operate while keeping sanitation, physical distancing, face covering and crowd size measures in place, the Statesman Journal reported.

The counties are required to remain in the first phase for at least 21 days, and can only advance to other phases if public health monitoring indicates it is safe.

The later phases of the plan allow for increased gathering sizes and resumption of non-essential travel, nursing home and hospital visits, and additional seating at restaurants, bars, and other venues.

Only three counties have not had applications approved for phase one. Clackamas County is awaiting approval while Washington and Multnomah counties have not yet submitted their plans.

More than 3,800 people in Oregon have tested positive for the disease and at least 144 have died. The virus causes mild to moderate symptoms in most patients, and the vast majority recover. But it is highly contagious and can cause severe illness and death in some patients, particularly the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

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