Workplace Guidance

Governor's Framework

On Friday, Feb. 26, Washington County moved to "Moderate" risk. 

Some changes include:Moderate Risk

  • Indoor dining: Increases to 50% capacity or 100 people, whichever is smaller. 
  • Outdoor dining: Increases to a maximum of 150 people, including individual dining pods. Maximum party of eight people.
  • Indoor recreation and fitness: Increases to 50% capacity or 100 people, whichever is smaller.
  • Indoor entertainment: Increases to 50% capacity or 100 people, whichever is smaller.
  • Outdoor recreation and fitness: Increases to 150 people.

Capacity limits for gatherings and additional activities are available in the most current activity chart by risk level.

The state's website has a menu dropdown feature. Select a county to find out what is allowed in various sectors such as restaurants, gyms, faith gatherings and more. 

Business Recovery Centers

Washington County Business Recovery Centers help meet the short- and long-term needs of businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Business Recovery Centers provide a one-stop access to resources for interested Washington County businesses looking to re-establish and/or stabilize operations in response to COVID-19. These resources provide assistance in meeting Washington County and the State of Oregon health and safety guidelines, access to required health mitigation supplies, public and private financing programs, and additional business resource mapping. Four locations across the county in Beaverton, Hillsboro, Forest Grove and Tualatin.

Reopening Guidance for Businesses

Resources and requirements for reopening:

Cloth Face CoveringsAccording to Governor Brown’s guidance, employers are required to provide face coverings for their employees. 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.

Public Health and Disease Control Guidance

Washington County Public Health is working diligently to keep the community healthy by partnering with local businesses and employers. The Washington County Workplace Outbreak Form may be sent to employers to complete when two or more cases are identified at a worksite to assist Public Health with disease investigation. 

Will Washington County notify us if an employee tests positive?
You may receive a phone call from Public Health to gather information to conduct contract tracing interviews to identify all locations the individual went while infectious. However, in most circumstances, Public Health will rely on the individual who tested positive to relay information to all individuals they have been in contact with.Get Toolkit button

If someone in your organization tests positive, you can download this  COVID-19 response toolkit, which includes information on transmission, infection prevention and control, and what to expect if there is an outbreak at a facility. The guide provides helpful guidance on monitoring symptoms, implementing physical distancing, and when to allow employees to return to work.

Sick leave policies need to be supported and enforced. Physical distancing, face coverings and other measures to stop the spread of the disease need to be in place at all Washington County businesses. 

If your business needs more information about measures that should be taken regarding these orders, please see the following pages:

What do we do if an employee tests positive?
Food service employees are required by law to tell their employer they tested positive for COVID-19. If an employee does not work in food service, they may self-disclose their illness to an employer, but they are not required to do so. 

If an employee alerts you to their positive test result, you do not need to inform Public Health. We receive the information from the lab that performed the test.

As of November 16, 2020, OSHA requires employers to notify employees within 24 hours when they were exposed to or affected by an individual at work with a confirmed positive COVID-19 test.
OSHA also requires that employees be allowed to work at home during quarantine or isolation, if suitable work is available and their condition allows it. Workers must be allowed to return to their previous job duties at the end of their quarantine or isolation period.

How soon can an employee come back to work after they are sick?
Persons who test positive for COVID-19 are directed to stay home until the following things have happened: 

  • They have had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine; and
  • Other symptoms have improved; and
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

People who DID NOT have COVID-19 symptoms, but tested positive and have stayed home may leave home under the following conditions:

  • At least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive test for COVID-19, and
  • They continue to have no symptoms (no cough or shortness of breath) since the test.

The decision to stop home isolation or return to work should be made in consultation with a health care provider.  

Recommendation/guidance from OHA on testing for return-to-work

Download the Workplace COVID-19 Prevention & Response Toolkit


To Report a Possible Violation of Executive Order

EMPLOYEES: If you believe your employer is in violation of the governor's order about how and when to operate, you can file a complaint on OSHA's general complaint form. Even though it doesn't say anything about COVID-19, this is the correct place to file your complaint.

CONCERNED COMMUNITY MEMBERS: If you believe any business in Washington County is in violation of the governor's orders about how and when to operate, call 503-846-8390 or email If you would like to remain anonymous, please state this in your message or email.

We will first provide education to help a business come into compliance with the order. If a business does not comply after three requests, we forward the issue to the State COVID-19 Reopening Team for next steps. We must have ALL of the following information in order for our Enforcement Branch to follow up with the business.

  • Name of business
  • Full address of business, including zip code
  • Date violation occurred
  • What is the violation? What did you observe? For example: business operating that should be closed; business allowed to be operating but not enforcing physical distancing or face covering requirements; larger than allowed public gatherings