Reopening Washington County
When will the county apply for Phase 2?
July 8, 2020 Update
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. Thank you.
Washington County is in Phase 1
As of June 1, 2020, Washington County may reopen the following areas, while following the health and safety guidelines. Some of the requirements businesses must follow are included below, but these do not include ALL of the guidelines. Businesses need to follow all of the sector-specific guidance on the governor's website.
Restaurants and bars must:
- Ensure tables are spaced at least six feet apart so that at least six feet between parties is maintained, including when customers approach or leave tables
- Require all employees to wear cloth face or disposable coverings (provided by the employer)
- End all on-site consumption of food and drinks by 10 p.m.
Personal care services (salons, barber shops, massage, etc.) must:
- Make appointments with pre-appointment health check
- Maintain a customer log
- Maintain six feet physical distancing between clients
- Remove all magazines, newspapers, snacks and beverages from waiting areas
- Require face coverings by employees and clients (depending on the services provided)
Gyms/ fitness must:
- Limit maximum number of customers accordingly
- Enforce physical distancing & sanitation
Guidance on Gatherings (Updated by OHA on July 24, 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.
Additional information on what can open:
- Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and credit unions, and gas stations are all open.
- 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.
- 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.
- Indoor and outdoor malls can open.
More information about reopening
Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-25 "A Safe and Strong Oregon: Maintaining Essential Health Directives in Response to COVID-19, and Implementing a Phased Approach for Reopening Oregon's Economy." The governor's website is a good source for further information 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
- Guidance that applies statewide for child care, summer school/camps/youth activities, and transit
- Guidance that only applies to counties that enter Phases 1 and 2
OHA has created a table that outlines the various phases of reopening.
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.