Food Safety

Notice: Washington County will move from “Moderate” to “High” risk on April 23rd, 2021 due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases.



Starting April 23rd, 2021 Washington County is in the High Risk category.

Please use the following link to access the most up to date Guidance Chart:



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High Risk

Social and At-Home Gathering Size — Indoor

  • Maximum 6 people
  • Recommended limit: 2 households

Social and At-Home Gathering Size — Outdoor

Maximum 8 people








Eating and Drinking Establishments

  • Indoor dining allowed
  • Takeout highly recommended
  • Indoor capacity: not to exceed 25% maximum occupancy or 50 people, whichever is smaller
  • Outdoor dining allowed
  • Outdoor capacity: 75 people maximum, including individual dining pods.
  • Individual dining pods allowed outdoors subject to outdoor capacity limit.
  • Indoor and outdoor seating: 6 people per party and per table maximum, limit 2 households
  • 11:00 p.m. closing time



Indoor Recreation and Fitness Establishments

(includes gyms, indoor K-12 Sports, fitness organizations, indoor recreational sports, indoor pools)



  • Capacity: Maximum 25% occupancy or 50 people total whichever is smaller
  • Indoor full-contact sports prohibited




Indoor Entertainment Establishments

(includes aquariums, indoor theaters/arenas/concert halls, indoor gardens, indoor museums)




  • Capacity: Maximum 25% occupancy or 50 people total, whichever is smaller
  • 11:00 p.m. closing time

Retail Stores

(includes street fairs/markets, grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies)

  • Capacity: Maximum 50% occupancy
  • Curbside pick-up encouraged

Indoor and Outdoor Shopping Centers/Malls

  • Capacity: Maximum 50% occupancy
  • Curbside pick-up encouraged


Faith Institutions*, Funeral Homes, Mortuaries, Cemeteries

  • Indoor Capacity: Maximum 25% occupancy or 150 people total, whichever is smaller
  • Outdoor Capacity: 200 people maximum


Recommend remote work, if able

Outdoor Recreation and Fitness Establishments (includes outdoor gyms, outdoor fitness organizations, outdoor K-12 sports, outdoor recreational sports, outdoor pools, outdoor parks and hiking trails**, outdoor campgrounds**)

  • Maximum 15% occupancy
  • Outdoor full-contact sports allowed for adult/club/youth sports with guidance requirements
  • Outdoor full-contact sports allowed for K-12 with submitted plan

Outdoor Entertainment Establishments

(includes zoos, outdoor gardens, amphitheaters, outdoor aquariums, outdoor theaters/stadiums)


  • Maximum 15% occupancy
  • 11:00 p.m. closing time

Personal Services


Long-Term Care

Inside and outside visitation allowed




Authority: Executive Order No. 20-66, ORS 433.441, ORS 433.443, ORS 431A.010

Enforcement: To the extent this guidance requires compliance with certain provisions, it is enforceable as specified in Executive Order 20-66.


"Maximum Occupancy" means the maximum occupancy permitted by law, or if the maximum occupancy is unknown, refer to Maxumum Occupancy Resource for COVID-19


NOTE: *Capacity limits for faith institutions are recommended only.

           **Capacity limits do not apply to this activity.


Additional Notes:

• All activities are subject to more detailed, sector-specific guidance.

• Subject to more detailed sector-specific guidance, all activities assume mask usage, minimum physical distancing, provisions for hand hygiene and enhanced cleaning protocols.

• Congregate homeless sheltering, Youth Programs, Childcare, K-12 Schools, Higher Education, Drive-In Operations and current Division 1 and Professional Athletics exemptions operate under sector specific guidance for all risk levels.

• Hookah bars and senior centers are not allowed to operate regardless of risk level.

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Please use the following links to access the most up to date information from the Governor’s Office:


Please use the following link to access the most up to date information regarding COVID-19 from Washington County:





Please use the following link to access some helpful information from Oregon Health Authority:



The goal of Washington County's Environmental Health Program is to protect the public's health by preventing foodborne illness. To meet this goal, Washington County licenses and inspects food service facilities to assure compliance with the Oregon Department of Human Services Food Sanitation Rules and provide education and Food Handler Certification.

Food safety inspections include observing kitchen workers' food handling practices, assuring equipment is working properly, measuring food temperatures, inspecting refrigerators and storage areas, assuring safe water availability, verifying the correct concentration and use of sanitizers, and evaluating general cleanliness. Follow-up inspections are conducted as needed.

Restaurant Inspection Scores are public record. A restaurant must receive a score of 70 to pass the inspection. Consumers can find a health inspection sign at the restaurant entrance. 

Food Handler Certification - Information and Testing Schedule


IMPORTANT: Dealing with a power outage at a food service establishment