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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.***
May 3, 2021
April 28, 2021
They will start to process the applications on May 3.
- Food stands, food trucks, food carts
- 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
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
April 13, 2021
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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