Lane County issues new emergency COVID-19 guidance

Lane County Public Health is advising community members to wear a mask in outdoor spaces when maintaining six feet of distance is not possible.

Posted: Aug 21, 2021 10:15 AM
Updated: Aug 22, 2021 12:04 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Lane County Public Health is advising everyone in the county, regardless of vaccination status to adhere to the following recommendations.

  • Wear masks in indoor spaces with other individuals outside of your immediate household.
  • Wear masks in outdoor spaces when maintaining six feet of distance is not possible from other individuals outside of your immediate household.
  • Carry masks and hand sanitizer with you when leaving home and wash your hands as often as possible.
  • Avoid crowded public spaces, whether in or outdoors.
  • Avoid unnecessary business or leisure travel.
  • Respect other’s space and maintain at least 6 feet distance from others.
  • Limit activities that could lead to injuries requiring hospital care.
  • If you are an unvaccinated adult, stay home and avoid public interactions as much as possible.
  • Get vaccinated.

Lane County Public Health says it also plans to bring a draft board order to the Lane County Board of County Commissioners sitting as the Lane County Board of Health (BOH) on Tuesday, August 24th. This draft board order would be the second in as many meetings of the Board.

This second draft Emergency Public Health Advisory will add immediate recommendations for businesses, organizations, and employers to take immediate action to limit ongoing community spread, defend the county's dwindling hospital capacity, and save lives in Lane County, officials said.

While this advisory won’t go before the BOH until Tuesday, Lane County Public Health is calling on businesses, organizations, and event organizers to consider the following recommendations as soon as possible.

For Businesses:

  • Ensure indoor masking consistent with previous LCPH advisories and Governor Brown’s masking order.
  • Ensure outdoor masking for those older than five years of age (two and older if tolerated) - regardless of vaccination status - when in outdoor public spaces in which six feet of distance cannot be consistently maintained.
  • Limit capacity to facilitate social distancing, particularly when customers will be eating and drinking without masks.
  • Prominently post appropriate signage to remind customers to observe COVID-19 safe practices.
  • Prominently post signage about the vaccination status of your business and staff.

Public Venue Owners, Operators, and Permitting Authorities:

  • While peer-reviewed evidence of outdoor transmission risks associated with the Delta Variant of SARS-CoV-2 is incomplete, LCPH says it believes that the safest strategy is to avoid public events greater than 200 people indoors and outdoors for at least the next two weeks. LCPH says to strongly consider postponing events until a later date when transmission risk is reduced. If this is not possible, LCPH recommends taking the following steps to limit the spread.
  • Require indoor and outdoor masking, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Consider requiring proof of vaccination for entry.
  • Consider capacity limits to facilitate distancing, whether in or out of doors.
  • Provide ample sanitation stations for handwashing.
  • Consider entrances, exits, and other areas where people tend to cluster – ensure that attendees have room to queue that facilitates spacing. Use signage and staff to remind people to maintain distance and use masking, indoors and outdoors.
  • Consider touchless vending options, if possible.
  • Prominently post appropriate signage to remind customers to observe COVID-19 safe practices; reinforce via public address announcements throughout the event.


  • Ensure that employees follow public health measures outlined above.
  • Encourage remote tele-work for employees for whom this is possible.
  • Ensure that workplaces can facilitate distancing where possible.
  • Limit unnecessary travel for employees.

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