COVID-19: Recovery A Phased-in Approach

Effective Nov. 18: In response to rising COVID-19 cases around Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown has instituted a statewide “freeze,” per Executive Order 20-65. The new statewide restrictions, detailed below, will last until at least Dec. 2 – likely longer for more populous counties (Gov. Brown has already announced that Multnomah County will be under these restrictions for at least four weeks).

 The “freeze” includes the following new restrictions and closures: 

  • Take-out only from restaurants and bars
  • Close all gyms and fitness organizations
  • Close indoor recreational and entertainment facilities, including theaters, museums, pools, sports courts and hosting venues
  • Close outdoor recreational facilities, zoos, gardens, aquariums, entertainment activities, including pools and hosting venues
  • Faith-based gatherings are limited to 25 people indoors or 50 people outdoors
  • Prohibits indoor visits to long-term care facilities
  • Limits grocery stores and pharmacies to 75% capacity and encourages curbside pick-up
  • Limits retail stores and retail malls — both indoor and outdoor — to a 75% capacity and encourages curbside pick-up
  • Requires all businesses mandate work-from-home to the greatest extent possible and close offices to the public

The governor has outlined three phases that counties can apply to enter once they have met certain metrics, like a declining number of COVID-19 cases, proven ability to handle an increase in cases, and hospital bed and testing capacity. You can view your county’s application status here. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at 


Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3

Regardless of a county’s phase status, certain guidance and regulations apply to businesses operating across the state.


Includes limited reopening of restaurants and bars, personal services, gyms, and malls. Gatherings of up to 25 people allowed for recreational, social, cultural, civic or faith events – with physical distancing requirements.

After 21 days in Phase 1, counties that meet specific prerequisites may be able to reopen recreational sports; pools; venues like movie theaters, bowling alleys, and arcades; some additional in-office work; bars and restaurants able to stay open until midnight; social, civic, and faith-based gatherings can meet in larger, physically-distanced groups.

Large gatherings and events will not be able to take place until a vaccine or treatment is developed. The governor’s office plans to update this later this summer or fall.


Click Below for Sector-specific State Guidance


Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3

Safe Schools Guidance for 2020-21 School Year

Face Coverings 

Public Guidance

Outdoor Recreation



Retail FAQs



Summer Camp

Summer School


Agricultural Operation

Agricultural Worker and KN95 Mask

Agriculture FAQs in Spanish / Español

Zoos, Museums, & Outdoor Gardens

Outdoor recreation

Restaurants and bars for sit-down service

Personal service (barbers, salons, tattoo parlors, etc.)

Retail stores

Childcare (Draft)

County Guidance for Entering Phase 2

Indoor & Outdoor Entertainment Facilities

Restaurants & Bars

Swimming Pools, Spas, & Sports Courts

Recreational Sport

Venues & Event Operators

Gatherings / General

We will update this section as we have the relevant information.