Updated May 21, 2020

Governor’s plan for reopening

Governor Brown’s latest executive order presents a three-phase plan to re-open the economy. It encourages Oregonians to stay close to home and to continue healthy practices to stay safe. 

Multnomah County is currently in the baseline phase of reopening. More businesses and services are opening, but Multnomah County has not yet entered Phase One. 

Stand-alone retail businesses that follow Oregon Health Authority guidelines are allowed to  be open under this order. See which businesses can open»

Oregon’s gradual reopening does not mean the COVID-19 pandemic is over. Businesses that are open must 

  • continue to use physical distancing measures, and 
  • employees are required to wear face coverings.

On April 1, Governor Brown expanded the moratorium on rental evictions due to COVID-19 to include commercial properties.

General guidance

Specific businesses

Keep people well

  • Make sure all employees stay home when ill
  • Provide proper handwashing facilities and/or hand sanitizer so employees can practice good hand hygiene.
  • Place posters that encourage practices that keep disease from spreading.
  • Provide tissues, waste baskets and hand sanitizer in areas where people gather.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect all frequently-touched surfaces.
  • Provide disposable disinfectant wipes to clean common surfaces before each use.
  • Establish policies and practices so employees can practice physical distancing in the workplace. Minimize the number of people in the workplace. Stagger work schedules or  allow teleworking when possible. 
  • Employees, contractors and volunteers in Oregon are now required to wear a face covering at work. A business can also require their customers to wear one. (This does not apply to people who cannot wear a face covering due to a disability or a medical condition). More about face coverings and masks»

If employees feel ill 

  • Employees who feel sick should stay home.
  • You must send any employee who becomes sick at work home immediately. Clean and disinfect after employees with suspected/confirmed COVID-19 have been in the facility.
  • Employees who are well, but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and follow CDC recommended precautions.
  • For employees who are sick with respiratory illness, do not require a healthcare provider’s note to validate their illness or to return to work.

Employees who have been out sick (regardless of whether or not they were tested for COVID-19) should only return to work when:

  • 72-hours have passed with no fever—without the use of medicine to reduce fever, and
  • Other symptoms have improved (such as coughing, shortness of breath), and
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.


Worker Safety Concerns

File a complaint with Oregon Occupational Health and Safety. Available in English and Spanish. 

Other Violations

If you're worried about people violating the governor's orders, do not call 911. Call the law enforcement non-emergency number, 503-823-3333. 

How the Multnomah County Sheriff responds to enforcement concerns


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