Reopening Oregon

Starting December 3, a new framework for COVID-19 safety measures went into affect in Oregon. The system is based on risk levels — Extreme, High, Moderate and Lower with regulations for activities based on each county’s risk level. This risk level system replaced the phased reopening framework introduced this past spring. Washington County was in Phase 1 of that framework. 

Washington County—as well as other counties in the Portland Metro Region—are currently in the “Extreme Risk” category. Current risk levels >>>

As an “Extreme Risk” county, the following is guidance for Washington County as it relates to our industry:

  • Eating and drinking establishments can open for outdoor dining (maximum capacity of 50); takeout is still highly recommended
  • Indoor establishments and recreation (including gyms, theaters, museums, entertainment centers, etc.) are prohibited.
  • Outdoor establishments and recreation (including hiking trails, campsites, gardens) are limited to a maximum of 50 people.
  • Retail stores, including groceries and malls are limited to a maximum capacity of 50% (curbside pick-up is encouraged).
  • Offices are closed to the public; remote work required if able.
  • Personal services (i.e. hair salons) are allowed.

In addition to specific regulations for businesses, face coverings are required in all public buildings and outdoor spaces where you can not maintain physical distancing from people outside your household.

Reopening some businesses does not mean back to business as usual. Large gatherings are still prohibited and residents are still being asked to stay home whenever possible. 

Sector risk level guidance chart >>>
Information for retail openings | For Employers | For Retail

Resources for businesses reopening under new guidelines: 

All Oregon state guidelines/resources can be found here >>>


If you have questions about reopening your business, call 1-833-604-0880 or email biz.covid19@oregon.gov