man wearing a face covering in a shop, using his phone to pay

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 

OHA General Guidance for Employers and Organizations

OHA Guidance for Retail Stores

OHA Guidance for Eating and Drinking Establishments

OHA Guidance for Personal Services Providers

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.   

See OSHA temporary rule summary>>

OSHA Temporary COVID-19 Standards Poster in English and Spanish

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.

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Face Coverings

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

What to do if an employee tests positive for COVID-19»

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. 

See OSHA’s COVID-19 webpage for details.>> 

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.

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)

Printable poster says Clean hands save lives: Wash hands, use sanitizer

Signs & Posters

See specific sector guidance to determine which posters you will need.

Oregon Health Authority Posters


Clean hands save lives

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Stay Home if You Are Sick

Do you have these symptoms?

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Physical Distancing

Going out? Stay apart.

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Maximum Occupancy

Occupancy Sign

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Why sign in?

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Multnomah County Signs

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Face Coverings

Protect Yourself and Everyone Else  

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How to use a cloth face covering (1.09 MB)

Cleaning and Sanitizing Guidelines

English  | Spanish | Chinese Traditional | Chinese Simplified | Russian | Thai | Korean | Vietnamese | Arabic

Open With Care Poster

Poster shows what businesses are doing to keep customers and employees safe.

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Phone numbers

  • Business Oregon's Navigator Hotline at 833.604.0880
  • Prosper Portland Business Line: 503.823.3200
  • Gresham Chamber of Commerce: 503.665.1131