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May 18, 2021

Salem, Ore. - Oregon Health Authority (OHA) today released updated guidance about mask and physical distancing requirements for individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Under the updated guidance, people who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to wear a mask indoors, in most public settings where vaccination status is checked. In public settings where vaccination status is not checked, masks will still be required. Finally, businesses and venue operators remain free to establish their own, more restrictive policies regarding mask usage. Learn more here.

In addition to exempting people who are fully vaccinated from mask requirements in most indoor settings, OHA health experts announced that mask requirements no longer apply to anyone who is outdoors. However, OHA recommends that individuals continue to wear a mask or face covering in crowded areas and large gatherings (such as sporting events), and to maintain physical distance as much as possible. OHA urges unvaccinated individuals and those at risk for complications to wear masks in these settings.

The new guidance comes after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week announced that individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 could stop wearing masks and stop physical distancing in most public spaces.

Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown pointed to the CDC announcement as “another sign that as more people become fully vaccinated, the closer we are to ending this pandemic.”

OHA Director Patrick Allen said, “Masks continue to save lives and protect people who are not vaccinated. However, last week’s announcement from the CDC emphasizes the point that safe and effective vaccines are the very best way to protect people from getting and spreading COVID.” He added, “That’s why it’s safer for life to look more like normal for people who are fully vaccinated. And why people who haven’t had a chance to get vaccinated should do so as soon as they can.”

The new Oregon guidance says:

  • Individuals in Oregon are no longer required to wear a face mask or physically distance, whether indoors or outdoors, two weeks after their final COVID-19 vaccination dose. A “fully vaccinated individual” is a person who has received both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the individual’s final dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
  • However, fully vaccinated individuals are required to continue wearing a mask and observe physical distancing on public transportation and in schools, hospitals and clinics, homeless shelters, youth and adult correctional facilities and long-term care facilities.
  • Businesses, employers and faith institutions can choose to no longer require masks and physical distancing for fully vaccinated individuals or continue to require masks and physical distancing in their locations for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.
  • If a business, employer or faith institution chooses to no longer require masks and physical distancing, the business, employer or faith institution must require visitors to show proof of vaccination and review the proof of vaccination. In that case, a business would need to have a policy for checking the vaccination status of customers and employees if they are not wearing masks. Fully vaccinated individuals would need to provide proof they’d been vaccinated if they want to remove face coverings and not observe physical distancing guidelines.

In addition, state health experts announced that face coverings are no longer required outdoors (regardless of vaccination status). OHA strongly recommends that people who are not vaccinated and people who are at high risk of severe COVID-19 disease continue to wear face coverings and physically distance in outdoor crowded areas and large gatherings.

More information about vaccinations in Oregon is available at covidvaccine.oregon.gov.

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May 3, 2021

Landlord Compensation Fund: Round Two Open Now – May 17th
Are you a landlord with past due rental payments? The Landlord Compensation Fund can help! The program covers 80% of past due rent (April 2020 – now) for tenants with a signed declaration of financial hardship if a landlord agrees to forgive the other 20%. The first round will cover rental debt for approximately 12,000 tenants and helped more than 1,900 landlords. More relief resources are available now!
Round two is now open. Please note this program is not first-come, first serve, and applications will be open until May 17th. If you are interested in applying in the second round, please see this check list. Visit the Landlord Compensation Fund website for more information.
As referenced above, the first round applications will provide financial relief to thousands of Oregonians, landlords and renters alike, across the state. The map below shows where assistance will be distributed. Our Public Housing Authority partners will verify ownership, make payments to landlords, and notify tenants that their rent has been forgiven in the coming weeks.
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April 28, 2021


Restaurant Revitalization Fund

SBA will start accepting applications on Friday, April 30th.
They will start to process the applications on May 3.

          Who Is Eligible? - Eligible entities are businesses that are not permanently closed.

  • Restaurants
  • Food stands, food trucks, food carts
  • Caterers
  • Bars, saloons, lounges, taverns
  • Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars (e.g., coffee shops, ice cream shops)
  • Bakeries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Wineries and distilleries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Inns (onsite sales of food and beverage to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products
  • Other similar places of business in which the public or patrons assemble for the primary purpose of being served food or drinks
The program is structured as a first-come first-served basis
https://restaurants.sba.gov/requests/borrower/login/?next=%2F%3Futm_medium%3Demail%26utm_source%3DgovdeliverySBA&fbclid=IwAR3fjPhdwGJk7w25R5yMc5I61AvQvc-JQ0YG1yfymF8mnpa-asIZjsOjOr4

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April 21, 2021

Curry County will be moving from High to Moderate as of this Friday, April 23rd, 2021.

The SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund information is here. The link below will cover important questions like:

  • Program details
  • Application assistance
  • When and how to apply
  • Application assistance and more

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/restaurant-revitalization-fund

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April 13, 2021

Commercial Rent Relief Program opens up for the second round on April 22, 2021.
Landlords of tenant businesses with 100 or fewer employees who are behind on lease payments or any forgiven base rent amounts that have been negotiated due to COVID-19. The program will require both business tenant and property owner participation. The program includes additional protections for tenants, such as non-eviction clauses, and a waiver of penalties and interest.

https://www.oregon4biz.com/Coronavirus-Information/CRR/

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April 6, 2021

As of this Friday, April 9th, 2021, we will return to the High category.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant opens this Thursday. If you think your facility might be eligible, please don't miss out on the information provided in the link below that will help you through the process. The catch with this grant is that any venue applying needs to show one full-time paid employee on the books. I have shared with the Governor’s office how this does not apply to smaller, rural communities with venues that operate mainly with volunteers. https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/shuttered-venue-operators-grant?fbclid=IwAR03ude0UOAJ_e2Ue0OKQ1wysWyK0W5O7zoSvgKyA3lyhH2v2-H35eMYlII 

The Oregon Coast Visitors Association (OCVA) is offering you and your hospitality staff free training. The tourism industry is one we rely on heavily. Any investment in training and education in making the visitors experience in Curry County a better one, keeps them coming back time and time again. Flyer is attached. https://visittheoregoncoast.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Free-Online-Workforce-Trainings-1.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0aRHstS_zu2fLl42ILJjzBr6TFkD9S1bL05FKLCMmSlIKL909ik_Gg1N0

Commercial Rent Relief. Get it here: https://www.oregon4biz.com/Coronavirus-Information/CRR/?fbclid=IwAR0cFOINSAhSHrbetX0nlzY2AIHRp6feQ_1xHgeStQ3m4BDYtCM8ELruvnw
Microenterprise Business Education! We do not want to leave any of that funding unused. Small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply for courses to help you escalate your professional game! Wanting to expand on a service but not sure how to get the courses paid for? This is your chance! https://www.canva.com/design/DAEW5RJrfjc/Fx9eXOHh3JRTshqYEo-3ig/view?website#2


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