Updated December 8, 2020
The State of Oregon has new business guidelines, as part of the Governor’s health and safety framework. Multnomah County is in the ‘“Extreme Risk” category, so the guidelines are:
- Retail Stores - Max 50% of capacity, encourage curbside pick-up
- Offices - Require remote work if able, close offices to the public
- Eating and Drinking Establishments - Takeout highly recommended. Outdoor dining, max 50 capacity, 11:00p Close, max 6 per table, limit 2 households
- Personal Services Providers - Allowed
- Indoor Recreation, Fitness, and Entertainment Establishments - Prohibited
- Outdoor Recreation, Fitness, and Entertainment Establishments - Max 50
It was also announced on November 6 that the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) would apply new temporary rules to address workplace risks from COVID-19. The OSHA temporary rules became effective November 16 and include mandatory guidance for specific workplace types.
There are a number of new OSHA requirements, including specific rules for many different business sectors. For a complete list, see the full OSHA Temporary Rule Addressing COVID-19 Workplace Risks.
Some OSHA requirements for all businesses:
- Ensure all employees can remain at least six feet from others while performing their job duties.
- Ensure all individuals at a workplace, including customers and vendors, wear a mask, face covering, or face shield at all times. Employers must provide face coverings to employees at no cost to them.Perform cleaning and disinfecting on a specified schedule.
- Complete a COVID-19 exposure risk assessment by December 7, 2020.
On this page:
- Signs and posters
- More reopening tools
- Find supplies
- Workplace safety
- More information
- Economic resources
- OHA Freeze Guidance for Employers
- OHA Freeze Guidance for Retail Stores
- OHA Freeze Guidance for Restaurants, Bars, Breweries, Brewpubs, Wineries, Tasting Rooms & Distilleries
- OHA Freeze Guidance for Personal Services Providers
Face coverings are required in indoor public spaces in Oregon for everyone age 5 and older. They are also required outdoors when you cannot keep 6 feet from others.
Employees, volunteers and contractors must wear face coverings even when working behind a plexiglass barrier. Face coverings must be provided to all employees at no charge to them.
A person with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from a business if they are unable to wear a mask, face shield or face covering.
Employees & Testing
As of November 16, OSHA requires employers to notify employees within 24 hours when they were exposed to or affected by an individual at work with a confirmed positive COVID-19 test.
OSHA also requires that employees be allowed to work at home during quarantine or isolation, if suitable work is available and their condition allows it. Workers must be allowed to return to their previous job duties at the end of their quarantine or isolation period.
If you are an employer, we do not recommend asking employees to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test as a condition of employment. There are better ways to protect your workplace from COVID-19 infection.
- Health Officer Recommendations on Workplace Testing for COVID-19 (191.27 KB)
- Recomendaciones de la Funcionaria de Salud respecto a la prueba de COVID-19 para los empleados (149.92 KB)
- Oregon Health Authority: Employee Screening Recommendations for COVID-19 (262.63 KB)
If an employer requires testing as a condition of employment, they must pay for that expense.
We ask employers and their employees to cooperate with case investigators and contact tracers. This is our best strategy for stopping the spread.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
- Guidance for Businesses & Employers
- Small Business Guidance
- Workplace Tools
- Employer information for Office Buildings
- Cleaning and Disinfecting for Reopening
See specific sector guidance to determine which posters you will need.
Oregon Health Authority Posters
Stay Home if You Are Sick
Multnomah County Signs
These signs were created by Multnomah County
Cleaning and Sanitizing Guidelines
Open With Care Poster
Poster shows what businesses are doing to keep customers and employees safe.
- Prosper Portland - Reopening Resources - Marketing posters and images for printing or sharing on social media. Available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Russian.
- Oregon OSHA safety consultation - Get a free virtual consultation to help your business reopen safely
- Oregon’s Small Business Navigator - 833-604-0880 hotline | Reopening information, including PPE and supplies
- Supply Connector Oregon - Searchable database of PPE suppliers
- Resource Request Form - Business and community groups can request face coverings and bulk sanitizer using this form.
Worker Safety Concerns and Violations
- Oregon OSHA: Guidance Related to Covid-19
- File a complaint with Oregon Occupational Health and Safety. Available in English and Spanish.
- If you're worried about people violating the governor's orders, do not call 911. Employees and customers with concerns can also contact OSHA at 800-922-2689.
- For restaurant and food service concerns, email email@example.com.
- Oregon’s Framework for Living with COVID-19
- Prosper Portland
- Oregon Employment Department
- U.S. Small Business Administration
- Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at 833.604.0880
- Prosper Portland Business Line: 503.823.3200
- Gresham Chamber of Commerce: 503.665.1131