Workplace Guidance

Masks required indoors & outdoors

Starting August 27, 2021, masks are required in most outdoor public spaces where six feet of distance cannot be maintained. Masks are also required in all indoor public spaces. The mandates apply to everyone in Oregon, five and older. Governor Brown announced the new requirements in response to the increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths due to the very contagious Delta variant.

She is also requiring three groups of employees to be fully vaccinated by October 18:

COVID-19 infections do occur in vaccinated people, but they are less likely and tend to be mild. More than 90% of hospitalizations and deaths are in people who are not fully vaccinated, so we urge you to get vaccinated as soon as possible. 

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Read Oregon Health Authority's detailed mask requirements and recommendations.

Washington County is enforcing mask mandates.
Washington County will first educate businesses about the mandates. After four complaints and confirming that a business is still violating the order, the county will issue citations and fines up to $500 a day. If you have questions or want to file a complaint email or call 503-846-8390.


Have a concern about your own workplace?
To file a complaint about health and safety violations at your own workplace, including COVID-19 health and safety issues, visit the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) website. You can also visit the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) website for answers to frequently asked questions.


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.

Public Health and Disease Control Guidance

Washington County Public Health is working 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. You can also download this handy checklist.

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