2-Week Statewide Freeze
From November 18 to December 2, Oregon will be in a statewide Two-Week Freeze to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 across Oregon. These risk reduction measures are critical in limiting the spread of COVID-19, reducing risk in communities more vulnerable to serious illness and death, and helping conserve hospital capacity so that all Oregonians can continue to have access to quality care.
Limited to no more than 6 people total, from no more than 2 households – indoor and outdoor
Limited faith-based organizations to a maximum of 25 people indoors or 50 people outdoors
No Indoor visitation in long-term care facilities
Work-from-home to the greatest extent possible and close offices to the public
Restaurants are delivery and take-out only
Grocery stores and pharmacies are limited to 75% capacity and should encourage curbside pick up
Retail stores and malls (indoor and outdoor) are limited to 75% capacity and should encourage curbside pick up
Gyms and fitness organizations
Indoor recreational facilities, museums, indoor entertainment activities, and indoor pools and sports courts
Zoos, gardens, aquariums, outdoor entertainment activities, and outdoor pools
Venues that host or facilitate indoor or outdoor events
The Two-Week Freeze does not apply to or change current health and safety protocols for…
Personal services (such as barbershops, hair salons, and non-medical massage therapy), congregate homeless sheltering, outdoor recreation and sports, youth programs, childcare, K-12 schools, K-12 sports currently allowed, current Division 1 and professional athletics exemptions, and higher education — all of which can continue operating under previous guidance issued by the Oregon Health Authority.
For more information please visit, https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19/
Effective Friday, July 24th:
- Face coverings are required for age 5 and up
- Restaurants and bars must close at 10pm statewide, regardless of phase
- Face coverings are now required when exercising indoors, plus outdoors when you can’t physically distance
- Capacity limit for restaurants, gyms, venues (e.g. concert halls, movie theaters) is reduced to 100 people indoors, including staff
Reopening Oregon with a Commitment to Safety
Oregon Restaurants & Lodging Association has put together a checklist in guidance to improve operational safety.
visit ORLA for more information
SBA Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance
Economic Injury Disaster Loan now includes up to a $10,000 advance that may be requested at the same time the business owner applies online.
SBA now has a streamlined application process with no requirement for tax returns, financial statements, etc. The one application covers the request for the EIDL loan and the EIDL advance. Here is the link for the EIDL application: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/.
Paycheck Protection Program
Businesses may visit their local bank or any approved SBA 7a lender to access the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
Here is a link which allows applicants to enter their zip code to find a lender to apply for the PPP program: https://www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection/find
The Eastern Oregon Regional Economic Recovery Team has put together a useful one-page guide that covers the most relevant funding and relief options for small businesses, all on one easy to access page.
Small Business Emergency Grant
Umatilla County Grant Committee has established the Small Business Emergency Grant for the purpose of providing one-time, short-term financial support to small businesses and sole proprietors impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are to serve during the gap between when Federal and State funds are expected to become available and dispersed to small businesses in late April and May. The county-wide program is being administered by Gail Nelson, Umatilla County Economic Development Coordinator.
“The purpose of these grants is to provide interim relief to businesses and sole proprietors to help them have a chance to make it through these unprecedented times and be able to open and operate as soon as this Covid-19 time passes” stated Nelson.
To be eligible, the applicant must operate within Umatilla County, be able to demonstrate financial impact/damage due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and show documentation of applying for other financial assistance from at least one other source.
Apply at: www.umatillacounty.net/grants
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) serves as the lead agency for the public health response. For more information from OHA visit:
The Food Industry Association put together a guidance booklet.
The Guidance includes: managing and helping associates, assisting customers, addressing the supply chain, and other helpful resources.
COVID-19 Tax Relief Information at:
Tax deadline changed
The deadlines to FILE and PAY federal income taxes are extended to July 15, 2020.