Updated June 3, 2021
Governor Brown has announced updates to the health & safety “tiered risk” framework designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. The framework places counties into four different risk levels based on their level of COVID-19 spread.
Marion County remains in High Risk, which means businesses and residences located in Salem east of the Willamette River (and in the communities of Keizer, Silverton, Mt. Angel, Stayton, Turner and Sublimity) must adhere to the following:
Indoor dining is allowed, not to exceed 25% capacity or 50 people. Outdoor dining is allowed, limited to a maximum of 120 people. No more than six people and two households per table.
Indoor recreation and entertainment facilities - including museums, theaters and gyms – can have 10% occupancy, up to 50 people.
There is a 50% capacity limit at grocery stores, shops, malls and retail establishments.
Outdoor recreation establishments (gardens, outdoor stadiums, etc) are limited to 15% capacity.
Masks are no longer required in outdoor areas, however, the state recommends people continue wearing a mask in crowded areas and large gatherings outdoors (i.e. sporting events).
- Most businesses, attractions and retail operations continue to require masks unless they are able to request and review each individual’s proof of vaccination.
Polk County has been downgraded to Moderate Risk, which means businesses and residents located in Salem west of the Willamette River (as well as the communities of Dallas, Monmouth, Independence and Rickreall) must adhere to the following:
Indoor capacity at restaurants cannot exceed 50% or 100 people, whichever is smaller. Outdoor dining is allowed, maximum of 150 people. 8 people maximum per table.
Indoor recreation and entertainment facilities - including museums, theaters and gyms - can have 20% occupancy or 50 people, whichever is smaller.
75% capacity limit at grocery stores, shops, malls and retail establishments.
- 25% capacity limit for outdoor recreation establishments (outdoor fitness organizations, outdoor recreational sports)
Travel Salem recommends contacting individual businesses and attractions before visiting to determine hours of operation and protocols (masks required, reservations needed, etc).
For more detailed information about the updated safety measures, go here. For more information about how to experience the Salem region safely, go here.