Following nearly a year and a half of sheltering in place, Oregon reopened for business on June 30. That same day, Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order 21-15 went into effect, which eliminated several Executive Orders that relate to County Risk Level framework, non-urgent healthcare procedures, schools, child care and higher education.
How does this affect everyday life in Oregon?
Most COVID-19 health and safety restrictions are gone, but not all of them
Executive Order 21-15 eliminated Oregon’s County Risk Level framework, which had been in place since late last year to reduce the spread of COVID-19 throughout Oregon. This means the following requirements are no longer in place:
- Capacity limits related to the pandemic.
- Enforced closing times for businesses.
- Physical distancing requirements for businesses, venues or faith organizations.
There are no longer statewide mask mandates, however some establishments can still choose to enforce mask wearing policies. Masks are still required in the following settings:
- Health care settings
- In airports and on airplanes
- On public transportation
Partially vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals are strongly advised to continue practicing masking, physical distancing and outdoor gathering. You learn more about masking recommendations by clicking here.
To learn more about how the reopening impacts other issues such as schools and economic recovery, visit the Oregon Vaccine News blog.