COVID-19: Resources

As the number of new COVID-19 cases declines across the state, Oregon counties are starting the process of reopening, with all but Multnomah County on the road to beginning the Phase 1 process of allowing many closed businesses to begin accepting customers again.  

Gov. Brown’s office has created a website that lists all recent announcements, county updates, public health information, and guidance/requirements by sector. You can find that information here.   

Phase 1 allows restaurants, bars, personal service businesses like hair salons, shopping malls, gyms, and outdoor recreation facilities to reopen as long as they follow social distancing protocol and other guidelines laid out by the governor.   

As we know more about Phase 2 and Phase 3, we will update this webpage. 

Now that 35 of 36 Oregon counties have been approved to start reopening segments of their local economies, there is some confusion as to what is open and what is not, and what the rules will be for businesses that do reopen to the public. At OBI, we are doing our best to provide our members with the most relevant and clear information we have from our state leaders. 

What industries and businesses are open statewide, regardless of county approval?  

  • All businesses NOT identified in Gov. Brown’s Stay Home, Save Lives executive order 
  • Retailers, including furniture stores, boutiques, jewelry shops and art galleries 
  • Outdoor recreation facilities 
  • Childcare facilities  

My county was approved to enter Phase 1. What’s open now?  

  • Restaurants and bars
  • Personal services like hair salons
  • Shopping centers and malls 
  • Gyms and fitness centers 
  • Note: If office work can be performed remotely, employees must continue to telework if they have been doing so. 
  • All businesses must follow social distancing protocols and other public health recommendations from the state and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  

Are stores able to open?  

Most retail was not closed in the Stay Home order, although many companies chose to close voluntarily. In the latest order, the governor clarified that some retail segments, like jewelry and furniture stores, that earlier were on the closure list may open. Indoor and outdoor malls remain closed in the counties not yet in Phase I, although many stores are offering curbside pick up. If you are a retailer and you are not sure what you are supposed to do, send us a note at and we will get you an answer.  

Do I need to require my employees and customers to wear face coverings?  

Employees of retail and certain other businesses are expected to wear face coverings. It is recommended that everyone wear face coverings while in public or when not able to maintain a social distance of six feet from others.  

Employees at my company have been mostly working remotely since the Stay Home order was issued. Can they come back to work?  

Regardless of whether your county has begun reopening, the governor has directed that employees who can work remotely must continue to do so.  

When can I get a haircut? 

Personal services businesses, like hair salons, can begin reopening once their county is in Phase I, which now includes all but five Oregon counties. These businesses have specific safety guidance, which they should carefully review before reopening. If the county is not in Phase I, sorry, you will have to wait a little longer for that hair appointment.   

Are restaurants reopening?  

Restaurants in counties in Phase I can begin reopening, again with very specific safety guidelines laid out by the state. Restaurants in the counties that have not been reopened remain closed except for take out and delivery.  

Do you have a question about reopening? Email us at  

Government Information and Resources 

We have also compiled a list of resources for your business to use as it relates to public health information, federal guidance, worker’s compensation, unemployment benefits and other programs: