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Business Alert – Governor Brown Orders 2 Week Freeze for Oregon Starting Nov 18th.

 12:04 PM PST November 13, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. — Gov. Kate Brown announced on Friday a two-week “freeze” for the entire state of Oregon that’ll begin on Nov. 18. The purpose of the new restrictions is to limit group activities that are contributing to the rapid spread of COVID-19 throughout the state.

Restaurants and bars will be limited to take-out only, and recreational facilities and venues that host indoor or outdoor events will be closed.

The freeze will last through Dec. 2. Here is the list of new restrictions the governor’s office released:

  • Limiting social get-togethers (indoors and outdoors) to no more than six people, total, from no more than two households.
  • Limiting faith based organizations to a maximum of 25 people indoors or 50 people outdoors.
  • Limiting restaurants and bars to take-out only.
  • Closing gyms and fitness organizations.
  • Closing indoor recreational facilities, museums, indoor entertainment activities, and indoor pools and sports courts.
  • Closing outdoor recreational facilities, zoos, gardens, aquariums, outdoor entertainment activities, and outdoor pools.
  • Limiting grocery stores and pharmacies to a maximum of 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pick-up.
  • Limiting retail stores and retail malls (indoor and outdoor) to a maximum of 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pick-up.
  • Closing venues (that host or facilitate indoor or outdoor events).
  • Requiring all businesses to mandate work-from-home to the greatest extent possible and closing offices to the public.
  • Prohibiting indoor visiting in long-term care facilities.

Your can listen to the complete video broadcast from Governor Brown and public health officials at this link, Governor’s 2 Week Freeze Announcement


Local Business Partners with PPE for Sale

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We recently received this list of businesses in the metro area that have PPE for sale.  This is not an exhaustive list but is being shared to help business as you prepare for Phase 1 reopening if applicable.

From Business Oregon

Subject: FW: Business partners with PPE

Below are manufacturers verified last week with product ready to sell in the Portland metro area. Not an exclusive list.

Polypropylene face masks / Cloth masks/ washable/ reusable face coverings

  1. Portland Garment Factory Britt Howard 503-257-2905
  2. Looptworks  Scott Hamlin 503-830-1546
  3. Blue Sky Filters Michael Fogoros 503-867-7254
  4. Prink Made Garrett Staples 541-914-7018
  5. Hydra Research  Zachary Rose 503-849-4879
  6. Spooltown Sara Tunstall  (503) 974-6246
  7. Gentox Medical Services Tom Lukovich 503.679.6789
  8. D6 Inc. Respirator Face Mask (Currently pending NIOSH N95 Approval) (503) 867-1430

Plastic Face shields

  1. Miles Fiberglass & Composites Lori Miles-Olund
  2. D6 Inc. (503) 867-1430
  3. Multi-Craft Plastics MCPPE.COM Kevin Lachnmeier            503-352-0970
  4. Hydra Research  Zachary Rose 503-849-4879
  5. Laird Plastics Bob Dalpe 503-233-4861
  6. Toast, Inc.    Matias Brecher 503-206-7398
  7. Wavecel Bill McAtee 503-839-0525


  1. Looptworks  (use mask order form for gown inquiry) Scott Hamlin 503-830-1546    
  2. Exceed Enterprises Scott Sander      971-998-0279      

Acrylic point-of service/sale shields

  1. Laird Plastics Bob Dalpe 503-233-4861
  2. Multi-Craft Plastics MCPPE.COM Kevin Lachnmeier            503-352-0970

Bryan Guiney

Regional Development Officer

Covering the Portland Metro Area

Business Oregon  |
503-307-3662 mobile



Reopening Oregon – Governor and OHA Criteria and Guidelines as of May 7, 2020

Reopening Oregon

Governor Kate Brown held a media conference this morning at 11 a.m. and in that released what is needed for the reopening of Oregon by phase, by county and by health region.

We have downloaded the resources provided from that briefing directly from the State of Oregon Oregon Health Authority Site.  These downloads include an overall presentation/framework, required health hurdles that we must clear, general guidelines for the public and employees and sector specific guidelines for multiple sectors included in a Phase 1 reopening.

Phase 1 reopening will be controlled at a county level based on specified criteria and in conjunction with the overlapping health region.  Counties may apply for permission to reopen as early as May 15 beginning tomorrow. 

At this time based on information from the Washington County Commissioner Chair, Washington County will most likely not meet the criteria to reopen until late May/early June.

Until the end of September or when a vaccine/treatment becomes available, large scale events are not allowed. This includes sporting events, concerts, fairs etc.

Find PDF links below for the guidance released today .  Is recommended you review them in order presented as they support each other.  There is a Youtube version of the reopening framework PDF which will also be provided below as an option.

Reopening Oregon Framework Presentation 5.7.20

Video version of the Re-Opening Oregon Framework

Prerequisites for Phased Reopening of Oregon

Three Health Signs We Must See to Reopen Oregon

Phase One Reopening General Guidance for:

Sector Guidance:
Outdoor Recreation

Personal Services

OHA Phase 1 Reopening Guidance for Restaurants, Bars, Breweries, Brewpubs, Wineries, Tasting Rooms…

OHA Phase 1 Reopening Guidance for Retail

A Letter to our Federal Delegation – Support Implementation of America’s Recovery Fund Now!


May 5th, 2020

Subj:   Please Support Implementation of America’s Recovery Fund Now!

Dear Congresswoman Bonamici and Senators Merkley and Wyden,

Thank you for the work you are doing in this unprecedented time of a global pandemic. There has never been a more urgent time for your focused leadership, and I can’t imagine the depth and breadth of the requests you are getting from all over. We’ll be brief and get straight to the point. 

In recent weeks, millions of small businesses across the country have been forced to close their doors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The sudden loss in revenue has been devastating – putting paychecks, employees, and hard-working families at risk. Businesses forced to close for the responsible social distancing mandates and to support public health safety as we work together to fight the COVID-19 pandemic will never recover without business continuity funding in their hands ASAP. The long-term impacts to their employees, families, business owners and the trickle effect through our economy will create irreparable harm if we don’t band together as a country and get them the economic help they need rapidly. We believe that there is a potentially viable solution in the wings, and we are asking for unified and expedited support of and need your help now.

That’s why we created America’s Recovery Fund Coalition, comprised of more than 100 organizations representing over 58 million American workers and 45% of the American workforce. We are calling on Congress to create America’s Recovery Fund – a relief fund for businesses to operate during this unprecedented crisis, retain and rehire employees, pay rent, meet debt obligations, and pay taxes. America’s Recovery Fund will be a vital lifeline to business, communities, workers, and state and local governments which rely on our success to fund local economies.

The Tigard Chamber of Commerce signed onto the Save Small Business Coalition, which has now formally joined America’s Recovery Fund Coalition, who is working with members of Congress right now.

Can we count on you to act on America’s Recovery Fund now? We need your help– our businesses’ survival depends on it.  You can learn more here,

Stay well,

Debi Mollahan

CEO, Tigard Chamber

Cc: Representative Suzanne Bonamici

Senator Jeff Merkley

Senator Ron Wyden

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Available in Oregon

Gail Kiles Krumenauer, Communications Director
Phone: (503) 947-1268

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Available in Oregon

Starting yesterday, the Oregon Employment Department is providing unemployment benefits through the CARES Act Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. In preparation, the agency has recruited and trained staff to process PUA claims.

Oregonians who are eligible for this program include individuals who do not qualify for or cannot collect benefits on a regular unemployment insurance claim. This includes Oregonians who:
• are self-employed and not subject to unemployment insurance tax;
• perform work as an independent contractor;
• perform work not subject to unemployment insurance tax, such as agricultural workers;
• did not earn enough in wages or work enough hours to qualify for regular unemployment benefits;
• exhausted regular unemployment benefits, and are not eligible for another extension.

In addition, to be eligible, you must be unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable and unavailable for work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Covered situations include individuals who:
• are directly caring for a member of the household diagnosed with COVID-19;
• have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or are seeking a medical diagnosis for COVID-19;
• are unable to reach the place of employment because of a quarantine imposed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency;
• are primary caregivers for a child or person in the household who is unable to attend school or another facility closed due to COVID-19, and that attendance is required for their work;
• were scheduled to start a new job and were unable to because the business closed as a direct result of COVID-19 public health emergency; or
• owned or worked for a business that closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Federal law provides that PUA benefits are retroactive to the first week a worker was impacted by a qualifying COVID-19 reason, potentially from the week starting February 2, 2020 through the week ending December 26, 2020. The PUA process can take as little as one week or several weeks, depending on the claim complexity.

How to Apply
Please access the PUA application and certification forms on the CARES Act section of the Employment Department’s COVID-19 web page. There are three ways to start a new application for PUA benefits.

E-mail: You can email to request a secure email link, then attach your PUA application and weekly claim reports to the secure email. Please only use the secure e-mail link we send to provide personal identifying information relevant to your claim.

Mail: You can mail your PUA application and weekly claim reports to Oregon Employment Department at P.O. Box 14165, Salem, OR 97311.

Fax: We have several fax machines linked to the 503-371-2893 fax number for your PUA application and weekly claim reports.

The CARES Act page also provides information for self-employed, contract, gig, and other PUA-eligible workers who filed regular claims for unemployment benefits prior to the start of the program.
Equal Opportunity program — auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.