June 5, 2020
Business and Community News
Columbia County Approved for Phase 3
Columbia County has just received word that we are approved for Phase 3 reopening! All businesses except nightclubs are allowed to reopen under guidance from the state, and gatherings of up to 50 people are now allowed with social distancing measures still in place.

´╗┐Here is a template provided by the state for businesses to use in planning reopening.:

Most of the guidance for businesses in Phase 3 has not yet been released, but sporting event guidance, including youth sports, is available and can be viewed on this page under Phase 3:

Columbia Pulp is NOT Closing
Rumors that Columbia Pulp is closing have been rampant in the community. This kind of misinformation causes a lot of stress - to businesses in the supply chain, to employees of the companies, and to residents concerned about their community. I recently met with the CEO of Columbia Pulp who assured me they are not closing. In fact, they are starting to rehire employees that were furloughed during the Stay Home order, and are making needed improvements to the processing line as they ramp back up. This is a new, exciting, cutting edge manufacturing businesses making a product that has never been produced at this level before. I have nothing but respect for their entrepreneurial spirit, for their efforts to adapt and improve, and for employing so many citizens of our county. Thank you for your help in dispelling these rumors and showing this company that we value their presence here.
Former Shell Station to Get New Life
A company from Pasco has purchased the old Shell convenience store and gas station on west Main Street. Pelican Fueling, Inc. has already begun remodeling the facility, relocating the convenience store to the former shop space, and remodeling the old convenience store space into a seating area. Pelican Fueling, Inc. has a fuel distribution business and also owns PFI Mart on East Isaacs in Walla Walla. The owner said that they've always wanted to invest in Dayton and look forward to being part of the community.
Dayton High Class of 2020 Graduation This Weekend
Graduation for the class of 2020 will take place this Saturday, June 6th and starts with a parade down Main Street. Seniors are meeting at 12:30 pm at the Seneca parking lot, and the parade will begin shortly thereafter and proceed down Main Street, take a loop around Commercial, then head down 3rd Street to the High School. Please maintain social distancing practices as you enjoy the procession. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the graduation ceremony is open only to graduates and their family. The ceremony will be streamed live on the Dayton Secondary Facebook page starting at 1:00 pm.
Phase 3 Town Hall Zoom Meeting
Phase 3 Town Hall Zoom Meeting
Tuesday, June 9th
12:00 - 1:00 pm
There will be short presentations followed by the opportunity for questions and answers with Director of Public Health Martha Lanman and Columbia County Health System CEO Shane McGuire. Port and Chamber staff will also be on hand to answer questions.

Click on this link just prior to 12:00 on Tuesday, June 9th:

Join the meeting by phone:
Call-in: 1-253-215-8782
Meeting ID: 891869076#
Password: 655824#

There have been questions about enforcement of businesses ignoring closure orders or Safe Start guidance, and the Department of Labor & Industries released new rules on May 26th addressing these questions.