Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Officials in Oregon, US, increase restrictions in certain counties due to COVID-19 activity, July 31. Other restrictions in place statewide.

  • Alert Begins: 31 Jul 2020 11:48 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 14 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Oregon (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business disruptions

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has issued orders to tighten restrictions in Umatilla and Morrow counties as of July 31 due to increased coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in those jurisdictions. The state's remaining 36 counties will maintain their current restrictions until further notice. Oregon continues to implement its four-tier economic recovery plan, which consists of Baseline Stay Home through Phase 3 levels.

As of July 31, Umatilla County was moved to Baseline Stay Home level, representing the lowest degree of normalization. Under this level, nonessential businesses, including gyms, playgrounds, and entertainment venues must close; restaurants can only operate for take-out and delivery services, and faith-based gatherings of more than 25 people are banned. No other county remains at the Baseline Stay Home Level.

Morrow County was moved to Phase 1 of the economic recovery plan, joining Clackamas, Lincoln, Multnomah, and Washington counties. Under Phase 1, personal care businesses, gyms and fitness centers; dine-in services at restaurants and bars; and retail stores, shopping centers, and malls are allowed to operate. All establishments must enforce social distancing measures and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Oregon's other 30 counties remain on Phase 2, under which more businesses and facilities can reopen, subject to compliance with public health guidelines on physical distancing and sanitization. Office-based businesses can open, though work-from-home continues to be encouraged. Certain recreational, amusement, and sports establishments may resume operations. Increased travel is allowed within the phase.

The transition to Phase 3 is dependent on the availability of a viable vaccine or effective treatments; hence, no jurisdictions within the state are likely to move into that stage for the foreseeable future. Phase 3 focuses primarily on resuming large public gatherings, such as major concerts, conventions, or sporting events with live audiences.

10 counties, Baker, Hood River, Jefferson, Lake, Malheur, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Umatilla, and Wasco are on the County Watch list, due to recent increases in COVID-19 activity, and may move to a previous phase with additional restrictions in the coming days.

Statewide, gatherings of more than 10 people indoors remain banned, except in businesses, which may allow up to 100 people. All restaurants and bars must close nightly at 2200, and all residents over the age of five must wear protective face coverings in indoor settings, and in outdoor settings when social distancing is not possible.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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