Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Officials in Oregon, US, plan to extend face coverings orders, impose additional gathering restrictions from July 15 due to COVID-19.

  • Alert Begins: 14 Jul 2020 01:05 AM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 31 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Oregon (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business and transport disruptions

Oregon Governor Kate Brown will extend the state's face coverings measures and impose more strict restrictions on gatherings from July 15 to curb coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Under the new directives, face coverings will be mandatory for all residents aged 12 or older in outdoor public spaces when social distancing measures are not possible and in indoor public spaces.

Additionally, starting July 15, officials will ban indoor gatherings of more than 10 people, except for businesses and places of worship. Other restrictions remain unchanged statewide. Oregon authorities are continuing their three-tier COVID-19 recovery plan, with Clackamas, Lincoln, Multnomah, and Washington counties under Phase 1, the plan's lowest level of recovery. The other 32 counties remain on Phase 2; however, officials have placed Jefferson, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, and Wasco counties on Oregon's COVID-19 Watch List due to an increase in disease activity in recent weeks. 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.

The tiers in Oregon's recovery plan are as follows:

Phase 1
Phase 1 represents the initial stage of economic reopening. Personal care businesses - including barbershops, hair salons, and massage therapy services, gyms and fitness centers; dine-in services at restaurants and bars; and retail stores, shopping centers, and malls are allowed to operate. All establishments that reopen must comply with mandates to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including limitations on operating capacity and hours, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and enforcement of social distancing guidelines, among other requirements. Such directives may vary by industry or type of facility.

Phase 2
Under Phase 2, more businesses and facilities can reopen, subject to compliance with public health guidelines on physical distancing and sanitization. Indoor and outdoor venues, such as houses of worship and theaters, may host events with up to 250 attendees. Office-based businesses can open, though work-from-home continues to be encouraged. Certain recreational, amusement, and sports establishments may resume operations; officials will also permit restaurants and bars to stay open until midnight. Increased travel is allowed within the state.

Phase 3
Phase 3 focuses primarily on resuming large public gatherings, such as major concerts, conventions, or sporting events with live audiences.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

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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