Gov. Brown Announces Plan to Reopen Oregon’s Economy

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Once 70% of Oregonians (ages 16+) have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, most restrictions will be lifted. 

Governor Brown announced today a plan for reopening Oregon’s economy and lifting most statewide restrictions. When 70% of adult Oregonians (16 years and older) have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, most restrictions including capacity limits in restaurants, bars and venues will be lifted.

Beginning May 21, counties are eligible to move into Lower Risk when 65% of county residents 16 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine and submit a plan to close vaccine equity gaps.

Statewide Lifting of Risk Level Framework
Statewide, the Governor announced her goal that Oregon reach 70% of the adult population with a first vaccine dose in order to more fully reopen Oregon’s economy by lifting most of the health and safety restrictions imposed by the Risk Level framework.

  • After achieving 70%, Oregon may continue requiring some use of masks and physical distancing, aligning with the CDC
  • All other health and safety requirements for counties under the Risk Level framework will be lifted, and counties will no longer be assigned risk levels
  • Statewide, Oregon must continue to work towards closing equity gaps for communities of color.

County Risk Level Movements, Effective May 14
The Governor also announced updates to county risk levels. This week, Grant, Lincoln, and Wasco counties will move to the Moderate Risk level, down from High Risk. Effective this Friday, May 14, 21 counties will remain in High Risk, 7 counties will be in Moderate Risk, and 8 counties will be in Lower Risk. See the County Risk Level Categories (effective 5/14) and the Current & Updated Risk Levels (5/10/21).

With Oregon no longer meeting the statewide hospitalization metrics for Extreme Risk, following this week, Oregon will return to a two-week cycle for risk level changes for counties that have not vaccinated at least 65% of their population. Following the announcement of county movements to Lower Risk based on reaching vaccination goals on May 18, the next risk level changes will be announced on Tuesday, May 25, to take effect on Friday, May 28.

Getting Your Workforce Vaccinated
We know the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted your business, your customers, and your employees. Safety and protection against COVID-19 remains critical for employees on the front lines and COVID-19 vaccines are a powerful tool to help protect your staff and help Oregon businesses move closer to reopening fully. Here are some resources to share with your employees:

SOURCE: Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association newsletter, May 11, 2021