Warning Alert

Officials in Oregon, US, continuing to pursue four-tier coronavirus economic recovery plan as of early October. Certain restrictions eased. 

Alert Begins 05 Oct 2020 07:05 PM UTC
Alert Expires 26 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC


  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Oregon 
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business disruptions


As of early October, authorities in Oregon are continuing to pursue the state's four-tier economic recovery plan as part of their efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Under the plan, individual counties progress from the Baseline Stay Home level, which involves the strictest restrictions, through Phase 3, where minimal restrictions are imposed, based on local disease activity. As of Oct. 5, all 36 of Oregon's counties are in either Phase 1 or Phase 2. The specifics of each tier are as follows:


  • Baseline Stay Home: 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. As of Oct. 5, no county remains at the Baseline Stay Home Level.
  • 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). Clackamas, Malheur, Multnomah, and Washington counties are on Phase 1, as of Oct. 5.
  • Phase 2: 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. Oregon's remaining 32 counties are on Phase 2 as of Oct. 5
  • Phase 3: The transition to this phase is dependent on the availability of a viable vaccine or effective treatments; hence, no jurisdictions within the state are likely to move into Phase 3 for the foreseeable future. Phase 3 focuses primarily on resuming large public gatherings, such as major concerts, conventions, or sporting events with live audiences.

Moreover, three counties, namely Benton, Clatsop, and Malheur, 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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