Nov. 25, Governor Kate Brown announced a new safety framework for all 36 Oregon counties once the “two-week freeze” ends on Dec. 2. The framework will utilize the latest science and data to classify counties into four different risk categories: “Lower,” “Moderate,” “High,” and “Extreme.”
Currently there are 21 counties that are categorized as at “extreme” risk, six are “high,” four are “moderate” and five are “lower.” You can find your county’s status here.
Each of the four categories has certain guidance for various activities. The below disease metric chart will be used to identify the risk level for the county. The announcement today likely means that Oregon’s more populous counties will be experiencing business and social restrictions for weeks to come.
However, bars and restaurants would be allowed to have a maximum of 50 customers dining outdoors, with tables limited to parties of six. Service would have to stop at 11 p.m. This is a departure from the guidelines in the “two-week freeze,” which limits bars and restaurants to take-out only.
Retail capacity limitations will also change. Under the “two-week freeze” requirements, all retail is limited to 75% capacity. Now, those counties classified as at “extreme” or “high” risk will be curtailed to 50%.