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‘Extreme risk’ counties in Oregon can have limited indoor activities starting Friday, Gov. Brown says

The new modifications allow for a maximum of six people indoors at facilities over 500 square feet, such as gyms or theaters. Indoor dining is still prohibited.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday that some indoor activities, such as gyms and movie theaters, in Oregon can reopen with a limited capacity beginning Friday.

However, the new modifications do not apply to indoor dining, which has been banned for more than two months in counties labeled as Extreme Risk due the coroanvirus pandemic, including Multnomah — the state's most populous county and home to Portland.

“The science has shown us that outdoor activities are safer than indoor activities when it comes to the spread of COVID 19, which is why we have clearly delineated guidance between indoor and outdoor activities,” Gov. Brown said in a statement Tuesday. “We have seen over the last several weeks that Oregonians have largely complied with risk levels to the point that we have not seen a surge in hospitalizations that would have jeopardized hospital capacity. This means we are able to make these adjustments."

The new modifications allow for a maximum of six people indoors at facilities over 500 square feet. The business must follow cleaning protocols and people will be required to social distance and wear a facemask. For facilities smaller than 500 square feet, the modified guidance allows for one to one customer experiences, such as personal training.

In addition, the governor announced updates to county risk levels.

Beginning Friday, Grant County will move into the Moderate Risk level and Tillamook and Curry counties will move into the Lower Risk level. Twenty-five counties remain in Extreme Risk.

“Most of the state remains in the Extreme Risk category,” Brown. said “This is an important reminder for all Oregonians to continue to do their part by abiding by the health and safety guidelines in place.”

Credit: KGW
Map of county COVID-19 risk levels from Jan. 29 to Feb. 11

The Oregon Health Authority re-examines and adjusts county risk levels every two weeks. The next announcement will be made on Feb. 9.

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