Updated April 9, 2021

As of April 9, 2021, Multnomah County is considered at “High” risk from COVID-19 under a state framework for reopening.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced in November a reopening plan based on a county’s level of COVID-19 spread—Extreme Risk, High Risk, Moderate Risk, and Lower Risk. Risk is assessed based on the rate of disease in the county and the percent of people who test positive for the virus. The framework, which replaces an initial three-phased reopening plan based on a number of health metrics (see below), went into effect Dec. 3 following a statewide “Freeze”. 

Multnomah County dropped from “Extreme” to “High” risk on Feb. 12 and from “High” to “Moderate” risk March 12. The County was reclassified as “High” risk with additional restrictions beginning April 9.

In counties at “High” risk, the following activities are allowed, with health protocols in place:

  • At-home social gatherings are limited to no more than six people indoors and eight people outdoors.

  • Restaurants, bars and other food establishments may operate indoor dining at 25 percent capacity or 50 people, whichever is smaller; Outdoor dining permitted for a maximum of 75 people.

  • Indoor recreation, fitness, and entertainment, including gyms may operate at 25 percent capacity, or 50 people, whichever is smaller.

  • Outdoor recreation and fitness allowed with a maximum of 15 percent capacity. Full-contact sports permitted.

  • Outdoor entertainment, such as zoos and outdoor theatres allowed with a maximum of 15 percent capacity.

  • Retail stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, shopping centers and malls will be limited to a 50 percent capacity. Curbside pick-up encouraged.

  • Faith institutions, funeral homes, mortuaries, and cemeteries will be limited to 25 percent capacity or 150 people indoors, whichever is smaller; or 200 people outdoors.

  • Long-term care facilities may allow indoor and outdoor visitation.

  • Office workplaces recommended to use remote work.

  • Personal services allowed to operate.


See an archive of news items regarding county reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic.