COVID-19 Information for Businesses

Temporary zoning modifications to support physical distancing

If your business or organization is on land developed with or proposed for commercial, industrial or institutional use, you may ask to have specific provisions of county zoning ordinance waived to allow for temporary modifications for physical distancing and other actions to keep people safe from COVID-19 (read the news release)

To request a waiver, please contact Planning & Zoning at or 503-742-4500. If your proposal potentially qualifies for a waiver, you will be asked to complete this form. All requests must be reviewed by Planning, Development Services and Public Health staff, and have to be approved by the Board of County Commissioners.

Business Recovery Centers

Businesses in Clackamas County now have six Business Recovery Centers that provide assistance and resources needed to recover from the economic downturn due to the pandemic.

The BRCs provide a one-stop shop to recovery assistance and resources for businesses of all sizes and types. Services are offered in multiple languages and, depending on client needs, may include:

  • Individualized answers to business questions
  • Assistance with connecting to financial resources
  • Help with navigating technical resources
  • Educational resources
  • Referrals to organizations and resources
  • Access to interpreters and translation services

Oregon OSHA adopts temporary rules addressing COVID-19 in all workplaces

The rule is intended to further improve the current structure for reducing risks in the workplace by requiring several measures many employers have voluntarily implemented. For example, it requires employers to notify employees of a workplace infection and provide training to workers on how to reduce risks.

Face coverings required statewide

Masks required

As of July 15, Oregon’s face covering requirement has been expanded to apply to outdoor public spaces when six feet of distance cannot be maintained. In addition, indoor social get-togethers of more than 10 people will be prohibited. Children under 12 years of age, as well as people with a disability or a medical condition that prevent them from wearing a face covering, are not required to wear one.


The approval and rollout of cocktails and single-servings of wine available for takeout offer new ways for restaurants and bars to serve their communities during COVID-19. Mt. Hood Territory is compiling an article for our website highlighting local businesses who are offering cocktails to go. If you would like to be included, please contact Annie Austin at with information including your business name, what products you offer (cocktails, wine, food, etc.), and information about your favorite item you have available to go!

Who's Open?

We've created a map to raise awareness of local businesses that are open during the coronavirus pandemic. Click the image below to explore this exciting interactive tool

Who's Open? interactive map link

Small Business Administration (SBA)

The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. 

Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.

Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.

Frequently Asked Questions

Schedule a free COVID-19 safety consultation
OSHA is now offering confidential assistance to businesses to help them comply with COVID requirements and guidelines.

Conflict resolution strategies
CDC offers strategies to help avoid or deescalate situations when customers refuse to wear a mask. 

Additional information 
For details, or guidance for specific businesses such as childcare, agriculture, healthcare, etc., visit Oregon's COVID-19 site.

Call 503-742-4BIZ  or email for answers to your questions.

  • Provide information to all employees in multiple languages so they can be aware of and practice proper physical distancing, sanitization and face covering rules in the workplace.
  • Train all employees in safety requirements and expectations at physical worksites.
  • Review outbreak response plans and bring them up to date, or develop response plans if none exist.
  • Support employees to stay home when ill. Even if they are not sure.

Covering your face, nose and mouth protects others; when others cover their face, nose and mouth they protect you.

  • Employees, contractors and volunteers in Oregon are now required to wear face coverings at work.
  • Businesses can also require customers to wear one to protect employees.
  • Remember, some people can’t wear a face covering due to a health condition, age or ability. Face covering requirements do not apply in these cases.

Minimize the number of people in the workplace at one time. Physical distancing is our best tool to prevent the virus from spreading.

  • Stagger work schedules.
  • Allow teleworking when possible.
  • Mark 6 foot spaces for customers to wait in line.
  • Dedicate personnel to monitor physical distancing activities.
  • Restrict use of shared spaces such as conference rooms and break rooms by limiting occupancy or staggering use.

Provide proper sanitization and protection tools.

  • Face coverings, handwashing stations, hand sanitizer, disposable disinfectant wipes, gloves, tissues and wastebaskets in commonly used areas.
  • Frequent cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.
  • Install shields between employees and customers at service counters.
  • Limit door handle use.
  • Monitor air ventilation and equipment, consider improved ventilation measures.
  • Restrict use of shared items or equipment and require disinfection of equipment between uses.
  • Post signs with prevention measures (physical distancing, face covering, hand washing, etc.) in English and Spanish.

Encourage sick employees to stay home
Health experts recommend that employees with symptoms of acute respiratory illness stay home. Employees should not come to work if they have:

  • Fever (100.4° F [38° C] or greater using an oral thermometer).
  • Other symptoms like cough, vomiting, or diarrhea.

People should be without fever or cough for 24 hours without using fever reducing medicines like aspirin or acetaminophen before returning to work or school. This applies to everyone, not just people that have been tested for COVID-19.

Employees should inform their supervisor and stay home if they’re sick.

Separate sick employees from other employees
This is what the CDC recommends. Also, those with fever or acute respiratory illness symptoms should go home immediately:

  • Upon arrival to work, or
  • During the day, if symptoms develop while at work.

Know how to respond to employees after exposure or who are sick
Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should:

  • Tell their supervisor.
  • Refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.
  • Contact Clackamas County Public Health: 503-742-5300

If an employee develops COVID-19 infection, employers should:

  • Work with public health to determine which co-workers had close, prolonged contact with the ill employee that might put them at risk of exposure to COVID-19.
  • Maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Employees who have had exposure to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19 should:

  • Refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment. 
  • Contact Clackamas County Public Health at503-742-5300

Review your outbreak response plans and make sure they are up to date. If you do not have a plan, now is the time to develop one.


The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor can answer your questions about the details.


No business is required to open. If you have concerns about being able to safely provide service, or don’t have the required PPE, then opening must be delayed.


Unemployment Insurance benefits may be available to those who are on a temporary layoff. These benefits occur for employees whose employer stops operation for a short period of time, such as those being caused by the coronavirus. In these cases, where employees expect to be back to work in four weeks or less, they can get unemployment benefits and do not have to seek work with other employers. They must be able to work, stay in contact with you as their employer, and be available to work when you call them back to the job.​


Businesses that provide essential services or products can remain open during the COVID-19 event if they are able to maintain the 6-foot social distancing requirements as outlined by the Governor’s Executive Order

Closing a business is not a decision made by the county. Public Health officials conduct disease investigations of all confirmed cases and if there is a high risk to a workplace they will work directly with employers to ensure every precaution is taken to ensure the safety of their employees and the public.


This is a growing concern across communities and workplaces. If your workplace is operating essential services and practicing social distancing requirements you may continue to come to work. If you are an employee of a workplace and have COVID concerns you can contact Oregon’s Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA.)

Remember the following steps to protect yourself, your family and your co-workers.

  • Maintain 6-feet of separation with others
  • Wash your hands thoroughly
  • Cover your mouth with a sleeve or elbow when you cough or sneeze
  • If you begin to feel unwell, leave work and stay home 
  • Stay home until you no longer have symptoms for at least 72 hours

Employees are being encouraged to contact Oregon OSHA to submit complaints of workplaces that are not following the Governor’s Executive Order for workplace social distancing requirements.


The State of Oregon is not taking action to suspend the plastic bag ban in Oregon. However, state officials have encouraged local government agencies not to penalize grocers for providing plastic bags to customers. Clackamas County does not intend to penalize businesses using single-use plastic shopping bags during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although the public health evidence shows there is a low potential for exposure to COVID-19 from handling these sorts of bags, county officials are encouraging residents to self-bag, disinfect or launder reusable grocery bags whenever possible.

You can learn more by visiting the State’s Single-Use Bag Ban page.

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