Reopening Washington County
5/22/2020 UPDATE: Washington County has applied to the state for reopening, with a goal of entering Phase I on Monday, June 1. Read our letter and application. See our press release. Leer comunicado de prensa en español.
What is happening in Washington County as of May 15, 2020? We are not in Phase 1 yet. Therefore, the following rules apply to our county:
- Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and credit unions, and gas stations are all open.
- Restaurants are open for take-out service only.
- Stand-alone retail operations are open provided they meet required safety and physical distancing guidelines. Indoor and outdoor malls are closed.
- Some outdoor recreation activities are open, including many state parks. Day-use areas that are prone to attracting crowds are to stay closed, including but not limited to playgrounds, picnic shelters/structures, water parks and pools, and sports courts for
contact sports like basketball. Details here.
- Non-emergency medical care, dentist offices and veterinary care are open and operating, provided they meet required safety guidelines.
- Local cultural, civic and faith gatherings are allowed for up to 25 people provided physical distancing can be in place.
- Local social gatherings over 10 people are prohibited, and those under 10 people must use physical distancing.
- Personal care services such as salons and barbers, as well as gyms, are closed.
- Child care is open under certain restrictions, with priority placements for children of health care workers, first responders, and frontline workers.
- Public transit is open under certain restrictions, and must be sanitized often and enforce three feet of space between passengers.
- Summer school and camps can open.
The governor has laid out seven prerequisites. Some are measured at the county level; others are required at the health region level, which includes six counties: Washington, Multnomah, Clackamas, Columbia, Clatsop and Tillamook.
- Declining prevalence of COVID-19 (County)
- Minimum testing regimen (Region)
- Contact tracing system (County)
- Isolation/quarantine facilities (County)
- Finalized statewide sector guidelines (State)
- Sufficient health care capacity (Region)
- Sufficient PPE supply (Region and county have different requirements)
The governor's website is a good source for details about the reopening requirements mentioned above. You'll also find details and further guidance on:
- Reopening Oregon: Details on restarting public life and business
- Prerequisites for phased reopening of Oregon
- The three health signs we must see to reopen Oregon
- Guidance on face coverings
- Guidance that applies statewide immediately for the public and outdoor recreation
- Guidance that applies statewide starting May 15, 2020, for employers and retail stores
- Forthcoming guidance that will apply statewide for child care, summer school/camps/youth activities, and transit
- Guidance that only applies to counties that enter Phase 1, including restaurants and bars, personal services providers, malls and gyms
Interested in applying for a public health position? Washington County Public Health is hiring for multiple positions related to the COVID-19 response, including contact tracers and resource coordinators. Jobs are posted at https://www.phi.org/employment/current-opportunities/. We are committed to hiring locally. Bilingual/bicultural applicants are encouraged to apply. Please direct all questions to the hiring agency.