What the ‘pause’ means for you
Wednesday marks the beginning of a two-week pause on social and other gatherings in nine Oregon counties, including Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas.
The requirements of the pause mainly affect restaurants, bars and some other businesses and organizations, such as gyms. Other guidance announced by Gov. Kate Brown last week is not mandatory but strongly encouraged by health officials.
The counties on the pause in addition to the metro area counties are: Baker, Jackson, Malheur, Marion, Umatilla and Union. The intent of the pause is to slow the community spread of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.
The requirements, which start Wednesday and last until Nov. 25, are:
› Certain businesses must limit the capacity to a maximum of 50 people indoors, including staff, or the number of people based on square footage/occupancy (using 35 square feet per person of usable space), whichever is less.
› The businesses that fall under this mandate include restaurants and bars, venues, recreational sports venues, indoor markets, fitness centers, gyms, bowling alleys, skating rinks and museums. Restaurants and bars still must close at 10 p.m.
› All persons when visiting a business, any space open to the public or a workplace are still required to wear a mask, face covering or face shield, except children under 5 years of age. Face coverings are not required while eating or drinking and are not required when engaged in an activity where not feasible, such as swimming. Face coverings can briefly be removed when identity needs confirmation, such as at a bank or if interacting with law enforcement.
› Those businesses must limit parties to six or fewer people. Mixing people from different parties at the same seating area is prohibited.
› Businesses and spaces open to the public must require employees, contractors, volunteers, students, customers and visitors to wear a mask, face covering or face shield. They are strongly recommended but not required where an employee, contractor or volunteer does not interact with anyone else, such as a large warehouse, and at least 6 feet of distance can be maintained.
› Hair, nail and other personal service salons can remain open with existing limitations.
› Long-term care facilities cannot allow visits that take place indoors, except in limited circumstances.
This capacity limit requirement does not apply to or change existing capacity limits for faith-based gatherings in Phase Two counties. For Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and Malheur, faith gatherings can have a maximum of 50 people indoors or outdoors.
For Baker, Jackson, Marion, Union and Umatilla: If a faith-based service takes place at a venue, a maximum of 100 people indoors or 250 people outdoors can gather. If the gathering takes place in a different location, it must comply with the “pause” limit of 50 people gathered indoors or out.