Reopening Washington County

5/28/2020 UPDATE: Washington County has been approved to enter Phase 1 on June 1, 2020. See our press releaseLeer comunicado de prensa en español.

Washington County is following a Reopening Plan adopted by the Board of Commissioners on May 15. Please see the media releaseLeer nuestro comunicado de prensa en español.

What happens in Phase 1 on June 1, 2020?

As of June 1, 2020, Washington County may reopen the following areas, while following the health and safety guidelines. Some of the requirements businesses must follow are included below, but these do not include ALL of the guidelines. Businesses need to follow all of the sector-specific guidance on the governor's website.

Restaurants and bars must:

  • Ensure tables are spaced at least six feet apart so that at least six feet between parties is maintained, including when customers approach or leave tables
  • Require all employees to wear cloth face or disposable coverings (provided by the employer)
  • End all on-site consumption of food and drinks by 10 p.m.

Personal care services (salons, barber shops, massage, etc.) must:

  • Make appointments with pre-appointment health check
  • Maintain a customer log
  • Maintain six feet physical distancing between clients
  • Remove all magazines, newspapers, snacks and beverages from waiting areas
  • Require face coverings by employees and clients (depending on the services provided)

Gyms/ fitness must:

  • Limit maximum number of customers accordingly
  • Enforce physical distancing & sanitation

Local gatherings must: Limit local gatherings to 25 with no traveling

Indoor and outdoor malls can open. (Scroll down on this page to Phase 1 guidance for links to PDFs.)

In addition:

  • Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and credit unions, and gas stations are all open.
  • Some outdoor recreation activities are open, including many state parks. Day-use areas that are prone to attracting crowds are to stay closed, including but not limited to playgrounds, picnic shelters/structures, water parks and pools, and sports courts for contact sports like basketball. Details here.
  • Non-emergency medical care, dentist offices and veterinary care are open and operating, provided they meet required safety guidelines.
  • Child care is open under certain restrictions, with priority placements for children of health care workers, first responders, and frontline workers.
  • Public transit is open under certain restrictions, and must be sanitized often and enforce three feet of space between passengers.
  • Summer school and camps can open.

View Washington County's status on the reopening criteria

On May 14, 2020, Governor Kate Brown issued a new Executive Order 20-25 "A Safe and Strong Oregon: Maintaining Essential Health Directives in Response to COVID-19, and Implementing a Phased Approach for Reopening Oregon's Economy."

The governor's website is a good source for further information on:

  • Reopening Oregon: Details on restarting public life and business
  • Prerequisites for phased reopening of Oregon
  • The three health signs we must see to reopen Oregon
  • Guidance on face coverings
  • Guidance that applies statewide immediately for the public and outdoor recreation
  • Guidance that applies statewide starting May 15, 2020, for employers and retail stores
  • Forthcoming guidance that will apply statewide for child care, summer school/camps/youth activities, and transit
  • Guidance that only applies to counties that enter Phase 1, including restaurants and bars, personal services providers, malls and gyms

Businesses/Employers: You can also find additional information on the Workplace Guidance page on this website. We have created a FAQ page as well and will continue to update it.

Interested in applying for a public health position? Washington County Public Health is hiring for multiple positions related to the COVID-19 response, including contact tracers and resource coordinators. Jobs are posted at We are committed to hiring locally. Bilingual/bicultural applicants are encouraged to apply. Please direct all questions to the hiring agency. 

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