June 30, 2021 — On Friday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed an executive order that lifts Oregon’s risk level framework and all remaining COVID-19 health and safety restrictions that have been issued under Oregon’s emergency statutes. This will be effective starting today, June 30.
“We will lift the safety protocols we have relied on and reopen our economy,” Brown said. “That means no more statewide mask mandates in most settings, no required capacity limits,
and no required physical distancing. It means, effectively, Oregon is 100 percent open for business.”
The governor signed the recovery-focused executive order as the state neared its a 70 percent first dose adult vaccination rate. More than 2.3 million Oregonians have been vaccinated, and Brown said she was proud of the effort.
“It is because of this success that we can move Oregon forward, and into the next chapter of this pandemic. We are ready,” Brown said.
As of Monday, the number of adult Oregonians needing vaccinations to reach the 70 percent threshold was 19,147, Oregon Health Authority reported. The seven-day running average is 7,352 doses per day.
“We should all take pride in the work we have done to bring us to this moment. The efforts underway to close our vaccine equity gap and reach every Oregonian with information and a vaccine have definitely helped bring us this far. Thank you to all who are going the extra mile to vaccinate Oregonians,” Brown said.
To help improve the vaccination rate, Oregon joined other states in creating an incentive campaign to encourage people to “Take Your Shot, Oregon.” The campaign sought to promote COVID-19 vaccinations and ended on June 27.
Everyone who received at least one vaccination shot in Oregon was automatically entered, with the exception of some state government employees and their families.
One Oregonian 18 and older will win the $1 million prize, while 36 others will win $10,000 prizes — with one winner in each county in Oregon. Oregonians age 12 to 17 have a chance to win one of five $100,000 Oregon College Savings Plan scholarships.
In addition, several counties added their own extra incentive drawings, for a total of 134 prizes.
The state’s more than 2.3 million vaccinated people must now wait for a call to see if they are a winner. The lucky winners will be notified by phone within the next week and Brown will announce the winners soon after.
Brown’s newest order rescinds executive orders 20-66, 20-22, 21-06, 20-28 and 20-19, all addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare access and schools. The “Safe and Strong Oregon” orders authorized Oregon’s statewide mask mandate and the county risk level system, including restrictions on businesses and other sectors for physical distancing, capacity limits, closing times and more.
Some statewide mask requirements may stay in place in specialized settings following federal guidance, including airports, public transit and health care settings.
“Brighter days are ahead,” Brown said. “We are more determined than ever to make sure we ground our state in a strong recovery that reaches every single Oregonian. Our work is not done, but we can all take a moment to celebrate that by next week, we will be moving forward, together.”
In addition, rescinding the executive orders for K-12 schools, higher education and childcare will mean a shift to a more traditional, local decision-making model for communities when it comes to serving the health and safety needs of students and children. The Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority will be issuing updated, advisory guidance for the 2021-22 school year this summer, with plans to ensure a return to full-time, in-person instruction in the fall.
Schools will still be expected to comply with longstanding regulations around the control of infectious diseases, and to have a communicable disease management plan.
Brown’s June 25 executive order will continue the state’s emergency declaration for the limited purpose of supporting the state’s recovery from the ongoing pandemic. This action will give Oregon the flexibility and access to resources needed to aid in recovery efforts. The governor’s remaining emergency authority will be limited in focus to COVID-19 recovery efforts, similar to the recovery executive order currently in place for 2020 wildfire season recovery.
Emergency authority continues to be necessary to provide flexibility and resources for vaccination efforts, health system response to COVID-19 including staffing flexibility, Oregon’s access to FEMA, enhanced SNAP benefits, and other federal aid, to allow the continued operation of certain emergency child care providers through the summer, unemployment insurance claim processing, and more. The recovery order does not provide authorization for agencies to renew restrictions based on emergency authorities.
“This is a pivotal moment for Oregon. We have endured a lot over the past several months,” Brown continued. “I am incredibly proud of the work that our local health partners and community-based organizations have done to reach Oregonians from communities of color and make progress toward closing the equity gaps in our vaccination efforts.”
The full text of Executive Order No. 21-15 can be seen at www.governor.oregon.gov.
For more information about COVID-19 in Oregon, visit covidvaccine.oregon.gov.