The co-op has been a leader in implementing and maintaining safety protocols during the two-year pandemic. The staff and our customers have steadfastly followed the guidelines from local, state, and federal health agencies. It has been our intent to continue to follow these recommendations throughout the pandemic.
Beginning March 12th, the State of Oregon is lifting the mask requirement for indoor public places and schools. Both the CDC and the State of Oregon health authorities are now basing masking guidance on hospitalization levels. In line with this new guidance the co-op will no longer require masks for staff or shoppers beginning Saturday, March 12th.
The co-op also opened the indoor public eating space this week. The indoor seating area has been closed for nearly the entire time we’ve operated in the new location. This has come at a cost to our prepared foods sales, especially during the winter. We are excited to welcome folks to eat in and enjoy the beautiful space. We’ve also returned to using washable dishware so you can eat at the co-op deli waste free.
We realize that for some shoppers and staff these are welcome changes and for others they may induce anxiety. I am happy to discuss these changes with anyone. Our staff is happy to make a recommendation for where you can purchase high quality medical grade N95 masks. We have also maintained an e-commerce platform for folks who are in higher risk categories.
Thank you again for your support during these challenging two years.
-General Manager Matt Stanley