Updated May 27, 2021

On May 27, 2021 Multnomah County moved into “Lower Risk” under a state framework for reopening amid COVID-19. 

Even as the County eases restrictions, Public Health advises that everyone continue wearing masks in any indoor public spaces.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s reopening plan, which went into effect in December, was based on a county’s level of COVID-19 spread and the associated risk—Extreme, High, Moderate, and Low. On May 11, Gov. Kate Brown announced new metrics based on vaccination rates that allow for lowering risk levels.

Under that new plan, a county can move into “Lower Risk” as soon as:

  1. At least 65 percent of people 16 and older have at least one dose of the vaccine, AND

  2. The County submits a plan to the Oregon Health Authority for how it will increase vaccination rates among communities of color.

On May 21, Multnomah County submitted its equity plan to the State. By then, more than 65 percent of people ages 16 and older who live in Multnomah County had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

When the county moves into “Lower Risk”

  • Gatherings at home are limited to no more than ten people from four households; Gatherings at home outdoors are limited to no more than 12 people. 

  • Restaurants, bars and other food establishments may operate indoor dining at 50 percent capacity; Outdoor dining is permitted for a maximum of 300 people. 

  • Indoor recreation, fitness and entertainment, including gyms, may operate at 50 percent occupancy.

  • Outdoor recreation, fitness and entertainment, including outdoor gym activities, may operate at 50 percent capacity. Outdoor full-contact sports are allowed.

  • Retail stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, shopping centers and malls will be limited to 75 percent capacity. Curbside pickup is encouraged.

  • Faith institutions, funeral homes, mortuaries and cemeteries will be limited to 75 percent capacity; or 300 people outdoors.

  • Limited office work available.


See an archive of news items regarding county reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic.