Metro COVID Updates
As of August 13, masks, face coverings, or face shields are required in most indoor spaces.
Masks are required indoors Statewide, effective August 13, 2021"Individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask, face covering or face shield when in an indoor space."
- There are some exceptions, such as for people who are actively eating. For the full list of exceptions, see the full text of the rule.
- Ensure that employees, contractors, and volunteers comply with this rule within the indoor space.
On June 30, Governor Brown issued an order that canceled most pandemic-related restrictions, including mask requirements. However, agencies may continue to require masks if they so choose.
Governor Brown's Executive Order 21-15 rescinded all remaining Oregon Covid-19 restrictions, effective June 30. This means that agencies and programs may now allow unmasked people on site without checking their vaccination status. However, agencies and programs may choose to continue to require masks or face coverings, provided they can provide accommodations to people who can't wear masks or face coverings due to a disability. Both OHA and BOLI have put out updated guidance that speaks to this.
We've added additional information to our last post, including guidance for outdoor distributions.
The Oregon Health Authority has released its updated mask guidance, including information on new exemptions for fully vaccinated individuals.
UPDATED 5/25: Added information about outdoor distributions and links to additional FAQs.
This afternoon, the Oregon Health Authority issued revised mask guidance documents that directly pertain to food pantries and meal sites that are open to the public. Please read all of these documents carefully:
- Interim Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals
- FAQ - Fully Vaccinated Individuals
- Statewide Reopening Guidance - Masks, Face Coverings and Face Shields
- FAQ - Mask Guidelines
Governor Brown announced yesterday that Oregon's mask mandate would be lifted for vaccinated people in most public places. Oregon Food Bank is awaiting further guidance from the Oregon Health Authority.
Governor Kate Brown announced yesterday that she was lifting the mask requirement for fully vaccinated adults in most public spaces. In her statement, Gov. Brown said that the Oregon Health Authority will release new guidelines for various sectors in the coming days. Oregon Food Bank's Compliance Team and social distancing officers are monitoring the situation closely, and we will post the updated OHA guidance here as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, we recommend that agencies…
Some of the steps you're taking to prevent surface transmission may not be necessary.
We are over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and scientists now have a much better understanding of how the virus is transmitted. It is now generally understood that the primary mode of infection is via the inhalation of respiratory droplets and aerosol particles. While it is possible to be infected through contact with surfaces, surface transmission is not the primary mode of transmission, and the risk is considered to be very low. There is also no evidence to suggest that consuming food is…
Masks are required at all times, for staff, volunteers, clients, and everybody else at your location. All OFB partner agencies and programs must comply with these requirements.
It’s very important to us here at OFB that the people we serve can access food without putting themselves and their communities at risk of contracting COVID 19. We are also concerned for your own wellbeing, and that of all of the staff and volunteers at your agency or program.
With that in mind, we wanted to share the latest updates on mask requirements in Oregon, and to explain how they relate to your partnership with Oregon Food Bank.
As of November 18, 2020 masks are…
Looking for some useful signage for your outdoor program. Check out these signs!
Attached are some PDFs of signs (designed for 18x24 yard signs) that may be helpful, especially at your outdoor programming. These are DIY on printing.
Signs include translated information, including:
- Wear a mask
- Stay 6 feet apart
- Stay in your car
- Bring your own bags
- If you touch it, take it
OHSU testing and vaccination (flu shot) locations and hours (in Portland and Hillsboro) OHSU offers testing for people with symptoms ages 2 months and older, and for people in specific risk groups. See who can be tested on OHSU’s website.
Testing is walk-in or drive-through only; no appointments.
For more information, call the OHSU Coronavirus Hotline: 833-647-8222.
No cost testing by appointment only, for anyone with symptoms or anyone who has had recent close contact with a person with COVID-19. You don't need to be a clinic or Multnomah County patient to get tested. Limited testing may be available for people without symptoms. We focus on reaching Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color communities, people without health insurance, and people without a regular health care provider. Call 503-988-8939 for an appointment.
Locations and hours: