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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: 224547

Reported Deaths: 2877
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah42425618
Washington28176259
Marion24842333
Clackamas20349243
Lane15401176
Jackson13240160
Deschutes1074187
Umatilla988394
Linn644882
Yamhill515882
Klamath498279
Douglas479594
Polk440457
Josephine438076
Malheur370967
Benton354822
Jefferson252842
Coos241040
Columbia213732
Union175924
Wasco160631
Lincoln159122
Crook144724
Hood River128934
Morrow125017
Clatsop123711
Baker116018
Curry86512
Tillamook7985
Grant5657
Lake4868
Harney46611
Wallowa2486
Gilliam881
Sherman872
Wheeler491
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Cases: 4003787

Reported Deaths: 64620
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Los Angeles131165624721
Riverside3112424667
San Bernardino3095025265
San Diego3011003805
Orange2856205146
Santa Clara1245862183
Sacramento1178311790
Kern1143421428
Fresno1057321746
Alameda980131290
Ventura845891046
Contra Costa78084836
San Joaquin776151461
Stanislaus666191097
Tulare50731854
San Mateo45255588
Monterey44651528
San Francisco41758565
Solano36525261
Santa Barbara36106469
Sonoma33414331
Merced33321485
Imperial29333746
Placer25624307
Kings23790251
San Luis Obispo22356267
Madera17220249
Santa Cruz16779207
Yolo15149215
Marin15039243
Butte13523205
Shasta13179242
El Dorado11312121
Napa1055282
Sutter10343127
Yuba712950
San Benito632664
Tehama592766
Lassen590526
Nevada568575
Humboldt535154
Mendocino485652
Tuolumne469173
Lake440866
Amador395348
Siskiyou259640
Glenn248127
Colusa238118
Calaveras235658
Del Norte174710
Inyo148238
Mono13395
Plumas7926
Modoc5767
Mariposa5377
Trinity4696
Sierra1370
Alpine910
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