Workplace COVID-19 requirements lifted as Oregon hits reopening date

Oregon OSHA announced that it will remove the majority of its pandemic workplace rules now that Governor Kate Brown has lifted statewide restrictions.

Posted: Jun 30, 2021 12:39 PM
Updated: Jun 30, 2021 6:00 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Wednesday marked Governor Kate Brown's promised end for the majority of coronavirus restrictions, and Oregon OSHA announced that it has followed suit by removing most of the workplace requirements that applied to business owners throughout the state.

The OSHA change means that all facial covering and distancing requirements are gone effective immediately, with a few aforementioned exceptions — healthcare settings, public transit, and airports. There are a few other requirements that will remain in place for all Oregon businesses as well.

"For the rule addressing all workplaces, examples of measures that will remain in place longer include optimization of ventilation, notification of a positive case in the workplace, and proper steps to take if an employee must quarantine," OSHA said.

Rules applying to employer-provided housing for bed placement and use of air purifiers will also remain in place. OSHA said that it will continue to meet with stakeholders to consider "the eventual full repeal" of COVID-19 requirements.

“It is heartening to see that we have come so far and are experiencing an improving situation,” said Michael Wood, administrator for Oregon OSHA. “But the risks remain real – especially for those who are not fully vaccinated. That is why, from a risk management standpoint, it makes sense to keep some provisions of our workplace requirements in place longer.”

The Oregon Beverage Alliance — a lobbying group for local breweries, wineries, and distilleries — breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday, but issued a statement underlining the harm to the industry that coronavirus restrictions caused.

“Closures and restrictions due to COVID-19 had a devastating impact on Oregon’s breweries, wineries, cideries, distilleries, restaurants, bars and hospitality sector. Thousands of jobs were lost and many more would have been if lawmakers had raised taxes on these local businesses,” said the Oregon Beverage Alliance. “With business models flipped upside down, it will take years for Oregon’s breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries to recover economically."

The lobby estimates that Oregon has lost more than 10,000 wine-related and 3,000 beer-related jobs since the pandemic began. The hospitality as a whole lost roughly 50,000 jobs.

Governor Kate Brow held a reopening celebration at Providence Park in Portland on Tuesday, an event meant to commemorate the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions across the state. Brown's office brought in a mix of attendees hailing from groups on the frontlines of COVID-19 throughout the pandemic to participate in the event.

“Today, we celebrate Oregon’s strength, resilience, and collaboration,” said Governor Brown in an address to the celebration attendees. “We celebrate brighter days ahead. And, today we celebrate that Oregon is 100% open for business.

“I look forward to seeing Oregon’s restaurants and mainstreet businesses flourish as vibrant community cornerstones. We are all excited to celebrate the July 4th holiday weekend with family and friends. And I smile at the thought of our children going back to the classroom, five days a week this fall.

“This is truly a historic moment for our state. However, while we enter a new chapter today, our work is far from over.

“We will be relentless in our efforts to finish the job, closing our equity gaps, and reaching every Oregonian with information and vaccines. That means we need to continue this education effort, person to person, neighbor to neighbor. We remain fiercely committed in our efforts to build a more just and equitable, and a safer and stronger Oregon.

“Thank you, Oregon, for everything you’ve done to look out for one another and bring us to this day.”

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 387485

Reported Deaths: 5116
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah59768836
Washington41571393
Marion39592504
Clackamas32426376
Lane29856354
Jackson24672350
Deschutes23182185
Umatilla15087180
Linn14488178
Douglas13236286
Josephine10057240
Yamhill9665142
Klamath8979145
Polk813698
Benton605137
Malheur591586
Coos5573106
Columbia423855
Jefferson416865
Lincoln357252
Union336854
Crook330156
Wasco314846
Clatsop258335
Baker217531
Tillamook214345
Hood River211337
Morrow197025
Curry190136
Harney119332
Grant108314
Lake104016
Wallowa74713
Sherman1903
Gilliam1844
Wheeler1141
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 5060666

Reported Deaths: 74152
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles152491227121
San Diego4047084319
Riverside3849455306
San Bernardino3718825944
Orange3329505675
Sacramento1674002423
Kern1565171781
Fresno1558992246
Santa Clara1511691922
Alameda1246581504
San Joaquin1070001833
Ventura1036461188
Contra Costa1032921045
Stanislaus912991413
Tulare856141082
San Francisco56614669
San Mateo56058629
Monterey52340625
Solano47422356
Santa Barbara47035548
Merced44807664
Sonoma42912412
Placer41881468
Imperial38128769
Kings35038358
San Luis Obispo31294358
Madera26005311
Shasta25917440
Butte25295309
Santa Cruz22028222
Yolo21451257
Marin18342248
El Dorado18166161
Sutter14494181
Napa13372104
Yuba1070088
Tehama10230129
Humboldt10043117
Nevada9914103
Mendocino848894
Lassen792355
San Benito775977
Tuolumne767790
Lake6990110
Amador573766
Siskiyou470954
Glenn455136
Calaveras435685
Del Norte371242
Colusa323519
Inyo254345
Plumas19127
Mono18294
Mariposa156718
Trinity98817
Modoc7475
Unassigned2430
Sierra2170
Alpine1060
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