Updated June 26, 2020

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 in Phase 1.

Public Transportation

Public transit is open under certain restrictions. People should continue to limit non-essential travel. It is each rider’s responsibility to decide which trips are essential and to keep away from others.

Trimet's COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

Health officials ask riders to take the following steps during this outbreak:

Keep your distance

  • As you get on the bus keep as far as you can from the driver and other riders.
  • Find a seat that keeps at least 6 feet — about a bicycle length away — from others.
  • If staying 6 feet from others is not practical, such as when boarding a bus, the Oregon Health Authority recommends people keep a minimum distance of 3 feet.
  • Exit through the rear of the bus whenever possible.
  • You must wear a face covering when riding public transit. This does not apply to people who:
    • Are under two years of age.
    • Have a medical condition that makes it hard to breathe when wearing a face covering.
    • Have a disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering.
    • Cannot remove the face covering without assistance.

Oregon's Mask and Face Covering Guidance for Business, Transit, and the Public

Violence and discrimination are a daily experience for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities. Racism and racist reactions to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color wearing face coverings is a reality in our current environment. And yet we know face coverings can help people to stay healthy and save lives. Multnomah County does not tolerate discrimination or violence toward individuals because of their race, ethnicity, or identity. 

Avoid germs

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Use your sleeve to hold on and touch doors.
  • Use an elbow or shoulder to open the door.
  • Wash your hands after your ride, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.

If you are ill

If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms of respiratory illness (including symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle aches, headache, chills, or fever) do not take public transit. If you need urgent care, get a ride from someone in your household. If your symptoms are life-threatening call 9-1-1.

If you are otherwise ill, and must use public transit, take these steps to reduce the risk of sharing germs: 

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a medical mask or cloth face covering.
  • Wash your hands before riding. 
  • Keep your distance from others.


CDC Travel Information

Departing travelers

Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people avoid all nonessential international travel and provides considerations for travelers within the United States.

Check with your doctor at least one month before international travel to evaluate your health. Speak to your doctor about where you are going, when you are leaving, the length of your trip and the types of activities you are planning. 

For those who do travel, consider purchasing travel insurance in the event you need to change plans quickly. The CDC provides general guidance on trip insurance.

Returning travelers

People who have recently traveled internationally are advised to stay home for 14 days after returning to the United States. Avoid others and monitor your health.

  • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and watch for symptoms, including:
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of sense of smell or taste
    • Fever
    • Headache
    • Chills
    • Muscle aches
    • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
    • Cough
  • Discuss your situation with your employer before returning to work.

If you start to feel sick, stay home and do the things you normally do to feel better. Sleep, rest, and drink plenty of fluids. There is no specific medicine for COVID-19.