Gov. Kate Brown announced today that 12 counties have improved in risk level, with 10 shifting from Extreme Risk to High Risk — including Multnomah County. The changes are effective Friday, February 12 through Thursday, February 25.
But what does moving to the High Risk category mean for Multnomah County? Here is a summary of some of the changes coming later this week:
- Eating and drinking establishments will be able to serve food indoors in Multnomah County (takeout remains highly recommended for safety).
- The one-hour limit will no longer apply to faith institutions, funeral homes, mortuaries, and cemeteries.
- Both indoor entertainment establishments (aquariums, concert halls, museums, etc.) and indoor recreation and fitness facilities (gyms, indoor K-12 sports, indoor pools, etc.) could be able to serve up to 50 people (depending on a facility’s square footage, as there is a 25% maximum capacity requirement).
- Long-term care facilities will be able to allow indoor visitation.
- Offices will no longer have to require remote work, but it will remain the recommended practice.
- At-home gatherings will increase by two people to a maximum of eight people.
- Both outdoor entertainment establishments (zoos, gardens, stadiums, etc.) and outdoor recreation and fitness programs (K-12 sports, collegiate sports, etc.) will both be able to increase their maximum from 50 to 75 people.
County risk levels will be reassigned every two weeks. The next update on risk levels will be on February 23 and will take effect February 26. Updates to county risk levels will be posted to https://coronavirus.oregon.gov/Pages/default.aspx.
Please view the State’s metrics for further details on what types of activities are permitted in the High Risk category: https://coronavirus.oregon.gov/Pages/guidance.aspx.