New Statewide Freeze & Clatsop Public Health Guidance

POSTED: Nov. 13, 2020

Gov. Kate Brown issued a statewide “freeze” order for two weeks beginning Nov. 18, 2020.

In Effect Immediately

Social get-togethers, both indoors and outdoors, must be limited to no more than six people, from no more than two households.

Closures and Limitations

  • Restaurants and bars are limited to take-out only
  • Gyms and fitness organizations are to close
  • Indoor and outdoor recreational facilities, museums, and other entertainment activities are to close
  • Grocery stores and pharmacies are limited to a maximum of 75% capacity with curbside pick-up encouraged
  • Retail stores and malls are limited to a maximum of 75% capacity
  • Businesses must mandate work-from-home to the greatest extent possible
  • Indoor visiting in long-term care facilities is suspended
  • Faith-based organizations are limited to a maximum of 25 people indoors or 50 people outdoors

Still Open (With Safety Precautions In Place)

  • Construction sites will continue to operate
  • Personal service providers including physical therapy, chiropractors, and spas
  • Schools that meet Oregon Department of Education metrics of fewer than 100 cases per 100,000 population over two weeks, and a test positivity rate of under 8%
  • Child care facilities
  • Playgrounds and outdoor parks

The order will likely extend beyond two weeks for “hot spot” counties, Gov. Brown said, and as an example said Multnomah County should expect to remain on the freeze for at least four weeks. 

Clatsop County Public Health Releases:

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Oregon Health Authority has removed Clatsop County from the COVID – 19 watch list. With a multitude of holidays and cultural celebrations approaching, Clatsop County Department of Public Health provides the following CDC guidance for community event planners to ensure that the county remains on a positive reopening trajectory. 

  • Wear masks: Mask up at all times when around people who don’t live in the household. Halloween costume masks do not substitute for a cloth mask, unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose without leaving any gaps around the face. Halloween themed cloth masks are a great alternative to costume masks.
  • Social distance and limit close contact: Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from people outside the household. 
  • Avoid mass gatherings and large organized activities:  Many recent cases have been traced to parties and other social gatherings. Virtual celebrations or celebrating with members of your own household pose the lowest risk for spreading the virus.  If communities decide to hold events and gatherings, the CDC offers a readiness and planning tool for organizers, which can be found on their Coronavirus website.

For more information on COVID-19 and holiday and cultural celebrations, visit the CDC website.  In addition, the OHA website offers resources for safe celebrations as well.  We encourage our community leaders to share these messages to help keep our residents healthy and safe.  If you have questions, you can reach out to our Environmental Health Program for guidance at 503.325.9302 or health@co.clatsop.or.us

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