Food Safety

Notice: Effective December 3, 2020, our offices will have limited access due to our COVID-19 risk level as determined by the Oregon Health Authority. In-person services may be available by appointment only. The public is encouraged to use the alternate options of phone, email, postal service or online forms/applications to obtain services from our office.



Starting December 3, 2020 Washington County is in the Extreme Risk category. Please use the following link to access the most up to date Guidance Chart:



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Governor Kate Brown today announced updates to county risk levels under the state's public health framework to reduce transmission and protect Oregonians from COVID-19. Governor Kate Brown today announced updates to county risk levels under the state's public health framework to reduce transmission and protect Oregonians from COVID-19.

Governor Brown also announced modifications to the guidance for indoor activities in Extreme Risk counties, which will take effect January 29. These modifications allow for a maximum of six people indoors at facilities over 500 square feet (for all indoor activities except dining) with associated guidance for ongoing social distancing, cleaning protocols, and face coverings. For facilities smaller than 500 square feet, the modified guidance allows for 1:1 customer experiences, such as personal training. The updated guidance for indoor recreation will be posted to by January 29.

Please use the following link to access the press release:

Changes to Extreme Risk Counties Taking Effect January 29, 2021


Guidance Chart from Governor's Office


Extreme Risk


Social and At-Home Gathering Size — Indoor

  • Maximum 6 people
  • Recommended limit: 2 households

Social and At-Home Gathering Size — Outdoor

  • Maximum 6 people
  • Recommended limit: 2 households

Eating and Drinking Establishments

  • Indoor dining prohibited
  • Takeout highly recommended
  • Outdoor dining allowed -What does "outdoors" mean?
  • Outdoor capacity: 50 people maximum
  • 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, fitness organizations, indoor recreational sports, indoor pools)


Indoor Entertainment Establishments

(includes aquariums, indoor theaters/arenas/concert halls, indoor gardens, indoor museums, indoor entertainment activities of any kind)


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 100 people total, whichever is smaller
  • Outdoor Capacity: 150 people maximum
  • Recommended: limit services to one hour


  • Require remote work, if able
  • Close offices to the public, if possible

Outdoor Recreation and Fitness Establishments

(includes outdoor gyms, outdoor fitness organizations, outdoor recreational sports, outdoor pools, outdoor parks and hiking trails, outdoor campsites)

Maximum 50 people

Outdoor Entertainment Establishments

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

Maximum 50 people

Personal Services


Long-Term Care

Outside visitation only

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 the capacity equivalent to:

  • For 75% capacity: 86 square feet of space per person
  • For 50% capacity: 120 square feet of space per person
  • For 25% capacity: 240 square feet of space per person


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.

Document accessibility: For individuals with disabilities or individuals who speak a language other than English, OHA can provide information in alternate formats such as translations, large print, or braille Contact the Health Information Center at 1-971-673-2411, 711 TTY or



Face Coverings Required Statewide

Masks are required statewide for people age 5 and older in:

•All workplaces, indoor public spaces, public and private colleges and universities, and indoor and outdoor markets.

•Outdoor public spaces when physical distancing of at least six feet is not possible.

•People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear one.


Face shield update, effective 10/19:

Oregon Health Authority now recommends wearing a face covering/mask instead of a face shield (except in limited situations when a face shield by itself is appropriate, like talking to someone who is Deaf or hard of hearing and needs to read lips to communicate.)

Get more mask information


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