Reopening Washington County FAQ

This page was last updated on July 8, 2020. It will be updated as needed with new information.

Washington County is in Phase 1 and has no immediate plans to apply for Phase 2. (Scroll to bottom of this page for more information.)

What businesses can open in Phase 1?
Businesses that can open in Phase 1 include: restaurants and bars, personal services (defined as barber shops, hair salons, esthetician practices, medical spas, facial spas and day spas, non-medical massage therapy services, nail salons, tanning salons, and tattoo/piercing businesses), malls, and gyms/fitness (includes but are not limited to gyms, fitness centers, personal training, dance studios, and martial arts centers).

Once Washington County is approved for Phase I, these businesses can begin operating provided they are following the Governor’s guidance for reopening.

What businesses must remain closed in Phase 1?    
The following businesses must remain closed during Phase 1 unless identified in upcoming OHA guidance approved by the governor: amusement parks, aquariums, arcades, bowling alleys, fraternal organization facilities, hookah bars, indoor party places (including jumping gyms and laser tag), museums, non-tribal card rooms, skating rinks, senior activity centers, social and private clubs, theaters and youth clubs.

What if my business isn’t listed in either of those answers?
If you were not included in the executive order 20-25, your business is allowed to operate/continue operating in Phase 1 as long as you can follow all of the requirements for physical distancing.  

Are malls open?    
Yes, traditional shopping malls (indoor and outdoor), including outlet malls, can reopen under Phase 1.

What guidelines do I have to follow if my business can open in Phase 1?    
Please visit Oregon Health Authority's website for sector-specific guidance.

Do I have to apply to the County to reopen?
Businesses do not need to send anything to the County to reopen. You do, however, have to wait for the county to enter the phase in which the governor determines your business can open. And then you must follow guidelines set by OHA.

I need PPE to operate. Where can I get it?
The Washington County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) provides medical personal protective equipment (PPE) to first responders and providers of direct care for adult daily living (includes services provided by assisted living facilities, adult foster homes, home healthcare workers and similar providers). Services must be provided within six feet of people who are COVID-19 positive, symptomatic or have an increased risk for severe illness.  

While the Governor’s Executive Order No. 20-22 permits medical, dental, or other healthcare offices to reopen for the purposes of providing non-emergent or elective procedures, medical PPE is not being provided for the purpose of assisting organizations meet the executive order’s reopening criteria. For organizations seeking to reopen to provide non-emergency and elective procedures, they must have an open supply chain, or a 2-week on-hand supply of NIOSH or FDA approved medical PPE. 

Note: As of 5/8/2020, the FDA no longer authorizes use of KN95 masks as an acceptable supplement for N95 masks. KN95 masks should not be used for medical procedures, as they do not meet the performance criteria to be a respirator. Learn more.

You can find PPE providers here. Washington County does not endorse any of the businesses listed.

Are face coverings required for my employees or my clients?
If you are currently operating, you must adhere to the current guidance which requires employees to wear face coverings in almost all settings. To find out what will be required of your business, please visit OHA's website.

As of 6/24/2020, face coverings are required for adults and children over the age of 12 in all indoor public spaces, unless there is a medical condition or disability that allows for an exemption. Children between the ages of 2-12 are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings, but they are not required. More guidance from OHA here.

Do I have to supply masks/face coverings to my employees? How many per employee
New OHA guidance requires employers to provide face coverings for their employees. Guidance does not specify how many face coverings are required per employee. Washington County has collected information on a number of businesses that make and sell cloth face coverings. Washington County has not vetted the availability or qualification of any of the vendors listed. Washington County is not endorsing the use or consideration of any of these vendors. All businesses should perform their own research. Find our list here.

Are workplaces allowed to open again? Do my employees need to continue teleworking?    
The return to workplace will not occur during Phase 1 of reopening and may begin gradually during Phase 2. Workplaces will have to adhere to physical distancing guidelines as well. To learn more about planning for workplace reopening and factors to consider, visit the county's workplace guidance page.

When will the county apply for Phase 2?

On June 17, Governor Kate Brown announced that Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties will move together as a region for any further reopening progress. This means the earliest our county can enter Phase 2 would have been July 10.

We are not ready to apply for Phase 2 at this time. We are especially concerned about the increase in cases, the percent of our tests that are positive, the number of cases we cannot link to other cases, and a trend in increased hospitalizations. We are watching the data closely and talking with Multnomah and Clackamas counties about their data to determine how and when to apply for Phase 2.

We are all connected, and our individual actions can make the difference for everyone. Until it’s clear the virus is better controlled, we’re asking people to continue to work to slow the spread. Please stay home when sick, keep social gatherings small and outside, maintain at least six feet from others, and wear face coverings in indoor public spaces whenever possible. Thank you.

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