CORONAVIRUS, Health, Washington County

Washington County reopening fate now tied to Metro counties, Gov. Brown announces

A face mask. File photo: Chas Hundley

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Beginning Wednesday, June 24, face coverings will be required in all indoor public spaces in several counties, including Washington County, Governor Kate Brown announced Wednesday afternoon. 

Other counties included in the order are Multnomah, Clackamas, Hood River, Marion, Polk, and Lincoln counties. 

Additionally, Gov. Brown also announced that three counties in the Metro region — Washington, Clackamas, and Multnomah — will be considered one unit for the purposes of phase designations, which means Washington County will not be eligible to apply for Phase 2 reopening until at least 21 days after June 19, which is when Multnomah County will enter Phase 1, pushing that possibility well into July. 

“I know this impacts communities and businesses in Clackamas and Washington counties but, as we reopen our state, we must recognize . . .

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