Updated June 22, 2021
Under current Oregon mask guidance, businesses can choose to:
continue to require masks and physical distancing for all individuals, regardless of vaccination, OR
no longer require masks and physical distancing for fully vaccinated individuals. If a business chooses to no longer require masks and physical distancing, they must require proof of vaccination.
Businesses must continue to observe capacity limits for county risk level.
Face coverings must be provided to employees at no charge to them.
County Risk Levels
Each Oregon County is assigned a Risk Level in response to how COVID-19 is spreading in our communities. Risk levels are updated every two weeks. Find the current risk category for Multnomah County on the Oregon Coronavirus website. See which activities are allowed on the State’s sector guidance based on county risk level. Many restrictions remain in place.
Detailed OHA Guidance for Eating and Drinking Establishments
Tools & Resources
- Multnomah County Business Tools and Guidance
- All OHA health and safety framework guidance
- Chef's Connection food safety blog
Face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces in Oregon for everyone age 5 and older. They are also required outdoors when you cannot keep 6 feet from others.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I serve?
Hotels and Bed and Breakfasts
- Buffets and continental breakfast are allowed following guidelines for self-service operations. Food must be served by employees, self service is not allowed.
Indoor and outdoor dining are allowed following OHA guidance for eating and drinking establishments.
Customers may consume food in their room.
Employees & Symptoms
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus spreads through small droplets when someone who has COVID-19 sneezes, coughs, sings, or talks.
- Droplets containing the virus can land in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Small particles from the droplets can stay in the air, especially indoors, and you can inhale them into your lungs.
- Droplets can land on surfaces like phones, doorknobs, floors, or countertops. If you touch these and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth without washing your hands, you can get sick.
Read more about HVAC Systems and the Spread of COVID-19.
I’m showing symptoms. Should I stay home?
Stay home and don’t have any visitors.
Call your doctor or clinic to see if you need to be tested or need an appointment. Make a plan with your doctor or clinic. Stay home until your doctor or clinic says you can be around others again.
If you don’t have a doctor or clinic, call 2-1-1 or Multnomah County Primary Care Clinics at 503-988-5558. You can get health care even if you don’t have insurance or are not a U.S. citizen.
My employee is telling me they have symptoms. Should I send them home?
Yes. And encourage them to stay home, away from others, and to call their doctor or clinic. See above.
What should I do if I was in close contact with someone with COVID-19 while they were ill but I am NOT sick?
Close contacts who are not vaccinated should get tested, even if they don’t have symptoms.
All close contacts with symptoms should get tested, whether they are fully vaccinated or not.
How do I know if I was exposed?
You may hear from your employer. Food service employees who may have been exposed to a coworker that tested positive for COVID-19 will be notified by their employer within 24 hours:
After the employee who tested positive notifies the employer of their diagnosis; or
After the employer is contacted by the health department as part of a disease investigation.
The employee may also be contacted directly by the health department if further disease investigation is required.
If an employee at a restaurant is diagnosed with COVID-19, does the restaurant have to completely shut down (and all employees with close contact self-isolate for 2 weeks)?
No. Please contact your inspector or our office for further advice (firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-988-3400).
If a food service employee has a member of their household with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, do they have to report this to the manager or supervisor?
Yes. Food service employees who live with a family or other household member who has tested positive for COVID-19 are legally mandated by Oregon law (OAR 333-019-1000 and OAR 333-150) to report this information to their manager or supervisor. In addition, they must:
- Assess their own risk of exposure and take action -- this may include staying home from work to avoid exposing others.
- Contact their local public health department.
If a food service employee has tested positive for COVID-19 do employers have to report this information?
Yes. If a food service employee tests positive for COVID-19 employers are legally mandated by Oregon law (OAR 333-019-1000 and OAR 333-150) to:
- Work with public health to determine which employees had close, prolonged contact with the employee.
- Follow all applicable laws and regulations to maintain confidentiality and protect personal health information of the employee who is ill.
- Assess their own risk of exposure and take appropriate action.
- Call the local public health department -- environmental health and/or communicable disease -- to notify of this positive case.
If a food service employee goes to a doctor, will a communicable disease nurse contact the manager or supervisor? What can the restaurant expect next?
It depends. If an employee seeks health care for possible symptoms of COVID-19, employers will NOT be notified. This is considered protected health information.
However, if a health care provider determines that testing for COVID-19 is necessary and the food service employee tests positive:
- The food service employee is legally required to report their positive diagnosis to their employer.
- The employer is required to notify all exposed or affected employees within 24 hours of learning of the positive test.
- The employer may call the area inspector or email email@example.com for advice.
- The employer may be contacted by Communicable Disease Services, if there was an exposure at the workplace.
- Employees should not be required to have a negative test before returning for work. Employees can return to work based on a timetable of symptoms ending and time passed since a positive test.
Are pools and spas required to close?
See State’s sector guidance for current risk level.
Are hotels and motels still open?
For concerns or questions, contact your health inspector or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report workplace safety or health hazard and unsafe conditions via Oregon OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) website, or call 503-229-5910. Available in English and Spanish.