Updated Dec. 17, 2020

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Nov. 25 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 is currently considered at Extreme Risk.

In counties with extreme risk, the following activities will be allowed, with health protocols in place:

  • Gatherings with people outside your household, limited to no more than six people. 

  • Restaurants, bars and other food establishments will be limited to outdoor dining for no more than 50 people, with no more than six people per table. Take-out is strongly encouraged.

  • Indoor recreation, fitness, and entertainment, including gyms, will remain closed. Outdoor recreation, fitness, and entertainment, including outdoor gym activities, will be allowed with a maximum of 50 people.

  • 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 100 people indoors (whichever is smaller), or 150 people outdoors.

  • Office workplaces will be required to use remote work to the extent possible, with public-facing offices closed to the public.

  • Personal services will be allowed to operate.

  • Long-term care facilities can allow limited outdoor visitation.


School reopening

Gov. Kate Brown announced Oct. 30 new requirements for on-site learning for all students in larger counties including Multnomah:

  1. County’s case rate drops below 50 per 100,000 for the proceeding 14-days, AND 

  2. Test positivity rate drops below 5 percent for the proceeding 14-days

School districts may consider returning young students sooner: once a county’s case rate falls below 100 per 100,000 for that same time period, elementary-age students could return to class, beginning with kindergarten through grade 3 and adding additional grades up to grade 6.

Visit the Oregon Department of Education website on health and safety to learn more and find the latest data.