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Oregon’s New COVID-19 Guidelines

Stay informed about Oregon’s COVID-19 risk levels and restrictions.
December 2, 2020 (Updated December 23, 2020)

It’s the people of Oregon who make this place, well, Oregon. And now more than ever, we need to protect Oregonians and stop the spread of COVID-19. 

On December 3, 2020, Oregon will be operating under a new “Risk and Safety Framework that measures risk of COVID-19 county-by-county, based on cases per 100,000 residents. There are four levels of risk in this framework  Extreme, High, Moderate and Lower Risk  and there is no Zero Risk category. Here is a map of Oregon’s Risk Levels by county. 

Each risk level has health and safety guidance for individuals and businesses based on activities. See the guidance state guidance by activity here. 

  • Extreme Risk: allows retail stores, outdoor recreation and outdoor entertainment establishments with capacity limits; allows restaurant outdoor dining with capacity limits, 6-person and 2-households maximum per table, takeout encouraged and 11 p.m. closureprohibits indoor entertainment establishments  
  • High Risk: allows retail stores, outdoor recreationoutdoor entertainment and indoor entertainment establishments with capacity limits; allows restaurant indoor dining and outdoor dining with capacity limits, 6-person and 2-households maximum per table, takeout encouraged and 11 p.m. closure 
  • Moderate Risk: allows retail stores, outdoor recreationoutdoor entertainment and indoor establishments with capacity limits; allows restaurant indoor dining and outdoor dining with capacity limits, 8-person maximum per table, takeout encouraged and 11 p.m. closure 
  • Lower Risk: allows retail stores, outdoor recreationoutdoor entertainment and indoor entertainment establishments with capacity limits; allows restaurant indoor dining and outdoor dining with capacity limits, 8-person maximum per table, takeout encouraged and 12 a.m. closure 

The state will reassess each county following a two-week period based on data; county risk levels will be updated accordingly. It is critical that Oregonians and visitors continue to wear face coverings, keep physical distance, wash hands frequently and stay home when sick. Find the most up-to-date information at coronavirus.oregon.gov and weekly reports at Oregon Health Authority. 



Oregon counties and cities

  • Baker County (Baker City, Greenhorn, Haines, Halfway, Huntington, Richland, Sumpter, Unity); Baker County website
  • Benton County (Adair Village, Alsea, Corvallis, Monroe, Philomath); Benton County website
  • Clackamas County (Canby, Estacada, Gladstone, Government Camp, Happy Valley, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Molalla, Oregon City, Sandy, Tualatin, West Linn, Wilsonville); Clackamas County website
  • Clatsop County (Arch Cape, Astoria, Cannon Beach, Gearhart, Jewell, Seaside, Warrenton); Clatsop County website
  • Columbia County (Clatskanie, Columbia City, Prescott, Rainier, St. Helens, Scappoose, Vernonia); Columbia County website
  • Coos County (Bandon, Charleston, Coos Bay, Coquille, Lakeside, Myrtle Point, North Bend, Powers); Coos County website
  • Crook County (Lone Pine, Prineville, Powell Butte); Crook County website
  • Curry County (Agness, Brookings, Gold Beach, Langlois, Port Orford); Curry County website
  • Deschutes County (Bend, Black Butte Ranch, La Pine, Redmond, Sisters, Sunriver, Terrebonne; Deschutes County website
  • Douglas County (Canyonville, Drain, Elkton, Glendale, Glide, Myrtle Creek, Oakland, Reedsport, Roseburg, Scottsburg, Sutherlin, Winston); Douglas County website
  • Gilliam County (Arlington, Condon, Lonerock, Mayville, Rock Creek); Gilliam County website
  • Grant County (Canyon City, Dayville, John Day, Kimberly, Monument, Mount Vernon, Prairie City, Seneca); Grant County website
  • Harney County (Burns, Diamond, Hines, Fields, Frenchglen); Harney County website
  • Hood River County (Cascade Locks, Hood River, Odell, Parkdale); Hood River County website
  • Jackson County (Ashland, Central Point, Eagle Point, Gold Hill, Jacksonville, Medford, Phoenix, Prospect, Rogue River, Talent); Jackson County website
  • Jefferson County (Camp Sherman, Culver, Madras, Metolius, Warm Springs); Jefferson County website
  • Josephine County (Cave Junction, Grants Pass, Kerby, Merlin, Wolf Creek); Josephine County website
  • Klamath County (Bly, Bonanza, Chiloquin, Klamath Falls, Malin, Merrill); Klamath County website
  • Lake County (Christmas Valley, Lakeview, Paisley, Plush, Fort Rock, Silver Lake); Lake County website
  • Lane County (Blue River, Coburg, Cottage Grove, Creswell, Dexter, Dunes City, Elmira, Eugene, Florence, Junction City, Marcola, Mapleton, McKenzie Bridge, Oakridge, Springfield, Veneta, Vida, Westfir); Lane County website
  • Lincoln County (Agate Beach, Depoe Bay, Lincoln City, Newport, Otis, Otter Rock, Seal Rock, Siletz, Toledo, Waldport, Yachats); Lincoln County website
  • Linn County (Albany, Brownsville, Crawfordsville, Halsey, Harrisburg, Idanha, Lebanon, Lyons, Mill City, Millersburg, Scio, Shedd, Sweet Home, Tangent); Linn County website
  • Marion County (Aumsville, Aurora, Brooks, Breitenbush, Detroit, Donald, Gates, Gervais, Hubbard, Idanha, Jefferson, Keizer, Mill City, Mt. Angel, St. Paul, Salem, Scotts Mills, Silverton, Stayton, Sublimity, Turner); Marion County website
  • Malheur County (Adrian, Jordan Valley, Nyssa, Ontario, Rome, Vale); Malheur County website
  • Morrow County (Boardman, Heppner, Ione, Irrigon, Lexington); Morrow County website
  • Multnomah County (Corbett, Fairview, Gresham, Milwaukie, Portland, Troutdale, Wood Village); Multnomah County website
  • Polk County (Dallas, Falls City, Grand Ronde, Independence, Monmouth, Rickreall, Salem, Willamina); Polk County website
  • Sherman County (Biggs Junction, Grass Valley, Moro, Rufus, Wasco); Sherman County website
  • Tillamook County (Bay City, Cloverdale, Garibaldi, Manzanita, Nehalem, Neskowin, Netarts, Oceanside, Pacific City, Rockaway Beach, Tillamook, Wheeler); Tillamook County website
  • Umatilla County (Echo, Hermiston, Milton-Freewater, Pendleton, Pilot Rock, Ukiah, Umatilla); Umatilla County website
  • Union County (Cove, Elgin, Imbler, Island City, La Grande, North Powder, Summerville, Union); Union County website
  • Wallowa County (Enterprise, Joseph, Imnaha, Lostine, Maxville, Minam, Wallowa); Wallowa County website
  • Wasco County (Antelope, Dufur, Maupin, Mosier, Shaniko, Tygh Valley, The Dalles); Wasco County website
  • Washington County (Aloha, Banks, Beaverton, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Gaston, Hillsboro, King City, Lake Oswego, North Plains, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin); Washington County website
  • Wheeler County (Clarno, Fossil, Mitchell, Spray); Wheeler County website
  • Yamhill County (Amity, Carlton, Dayton, Dundee, Lafayette, McMinnville, Newberg, Sheridan, Willamina, Yamhill); Yamhill County website
Two masked people enter a store that has a sign that reads, "Now Open."
Oregon businesses are open and welcome your business. Know stores' capacity and curbside pickup options before you go. (Photo by Andrea Johnson)

Reduce the risk of COVID-19

The governors of Oregon, Washington and California issued travel advisories urging against non-essential out-of-state travel and encouraging residents to stay local. Additionally, they ask people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country. 

Follow Oregon’s statewide measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19: 

  • Stay six feet from other groups and wear a face covering. It is required to wear face coverings while in public, indoor spaces and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible; exceptions include children under 5 and people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from wearing a face covering.  
  • Plan ahead, and be patient and flexible. Call businesses before you visit to confirm the hours of operations and if reservations are required. If there’s a crowd at a place you want to visit, you may need to move on to a backup option.   
  • If you are exploring Oregon’s outdoors, pack out all trash to dispose of at home. Many outdoor recreation sites currently have limited staff and restrooms. Wear your face covering when you can’t keep physical distance from others, such as popular areas like boat ramps, trailheads and parking lots. Find more outdoor recreation tips with Take Care Out There. 

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