Reopening Washington County

New Framework

November 25, 2020: Governor Kate Brown announced a new framework (scroll down that page a little). We are hopeful this new approach will be easier for the public and businesses to understand and will help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon and in Washington County. Read Washington County Public Health's full response in English and Spanish.

Two-Week Freeze

November 13, 2020: Alarmed by a dramatic and sustained uptick in new cases of COVID-19, Gov. Kate Brown announced strict regulations meant to decrease interactions among Oregonians. The two-week “freeze” will take effect on Wednesday, Nov. 18, and extend to at least Dec. 2. Restrictions under the new framework apply statewide. New regulations include:

  • Limiting restaurants and bars to take-out service only.
  • Closing gyms and other indoor recreational facilities, museums, and indoor entertainment like theaters.
  • Closing outdoor recreational facilities, zoos, gardens and entertainment venues. City parks and playgrounds will remain open.
  • Requiring all businesses to mandate that employees work from home when possible, and to close offices to the public.
  • Limiting grocery and retail stores to 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pickup service.
  • Prohibiting visits at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
  • Limiting social get togethers, whether indoors or out, to no more than six people from two households.
  • Limiting worship services to 25 people when indoors and 50 people when outdoors.

Read Washington County Public Health's Response Statement. (Spanish version)

When will the county apply for Phase 2?

October 15, 2020 Update
We know that many community members, organizations and businesses are anxious to move into Phase 2 reopening. Per Governor Kate Brown, we are still tied to Multnomah and Clackamas counties for moving into Phase 2. As a county and as a region, we have not met all of the metrics required to apply for Phase 2. 

The State's Reopening Guidance Tool is intended to be a visual way to see, in one place, what sectors and activities are generally permitted in baseline, phase one and phase two of Oregon’s reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Reopening Guidance Tool may not include every activity or business and cannot be relied upon to determine whether a specific activity or business is permitted in the state, or what guidance applies. The Reopening Guidance Tool will be updated often to adapt to changes in the state.

We are all connected, and our individual actions can make the difference for everyone. 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. These measures will still be important when we reach Phase 2. Thank you.

View regional and county Phase 2 criteria data on state's website

Washington County is in Phase 1

Because guidance and rules can change rapidly, we have removed specific details about restaurants, bars, salons and other businesses from this page. You can find the most current sector-specific guidance on the governor's website.

OHA has created a table that outlines the various phases of reopening.

Guidance on Gatherings (Updated by OHA on August 20, 2020 - Read the entire guidance here.)

  • “Gathering” means a group of individuals meeting for a common purpose including faith-based, civic, cultural and other purposes, indoors or outdoors. A gathering does not include an indoor social get-together. Maximum capacity for Phase 1:
    • 50 people indoors
    • 50 people outdoors
  • “Indoor social get-together” means a group of individuals meeting for a common social or recreational purpose indoors. Indoor social get-togethers include but are not limited to indoor dinner parties, birthday parties, graduation parties, celebrations of any kind, potlucks, book clubs, game nights, and other similar indoor gatherings. Indoor social get-togethers do not include gatherings. Effective July 15, indoor social gatherings are limited to 10 people statewide.

Businesses/Employers: You can also find additional information on the Workplace Guidance page on this website.

What about schools?
On July 28, 2020, Governor Kate Brown announced metrics and requirements for schools to reopen in person this fall. More details in OHA's document. OHA lists county-by-county metrics here.

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