We continue to track Governor Brown’s plans for Oregon’s phased reopening, and the impact on Oregon employers. Select Oregon counties have been approved to move into Phase 2 effective June 5, 2020, with the majority of Oregon counties moving into Phase 2 by June 8. Multnomah County, Oregon’s most populous county, remains at Baseline, but hopes to enter Phase 1 starting June 12.
Phase 2 of Oregon’s reopening plan generally allows gatherings of up to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors, and encourages individuals to gather outdoors when possible. The onus is on the operators of gatherings to determine maximum occupancy of each indoor and outdoor area and maintain at least six feet physical distance between parties, and adhere to various cleaning and sanitation requirements, which are available here. Phase 2 also has sector-specific requirements for indoor & outdoor entertainment facilities, restaurants & bars, swimming pools & sports courts, recreational sports, and venues & events that are set forth in detail below. Given the many moving parts and that requirements differ by sector, it is prudent for employers to ensure their employees have been provided with proper written policies, protocols, training, and necessary PPE before reopening their doors to the public.
Indoor & Outdoor Entertainment Facilities
Restaurants & Bars
Swimming Pools & Sports Courts
Venue & Event Operators
Suffice it to say that many employees will be returning to a very different workplace than they left several months ago. Having management and HR professionals up to speed on these requirements and well-positioned to field employee questions and concerns will help ensure a smoother transition. Additional information about the general legal and business implications of the COVID-19 pandemic is available on our COVID-19 Resource Hub. For guidance specific to the challenges facing your business, please contact us.