Gov. Kate Brown announces updates to lower risk protocols

The new protocols were developed by the Governor’s Office, Oregon Health Authority, and the Portland Trail Blazers.

Posted: May 25, 2021 7:21 AM

SALEM, Ore. -- Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday that the Oregon Health Authority will be revising health and safety protocols for businesses in lower risk counties to allow for the option of creating vaccinated sections.

The new health and safety guidance for lower risk counties will reflect the following changes: 

  • Vaccinated sections with no physical distancing or capacity limits will be allowed for fully vaccinated individuals ages 16 and older who provide verification of their vaccination status.
  • Businesses, venues, and faith institutions may require additional health and safety protocols in vaccinated sections, such as mask wearing for vaccinated individuals.
  • Because children ages 12-15 have only recently become eligible for vaccination, and children under 12 are not yet eligible, all children up to age 15 wearing a face covering will be permitted in vaccinated sections if accompanied by their fully vaccinated parent or guardian.
  • Unvaccinated sections must adhere to all health and safety protocols, including the use of masks, physical distance, and capacity limits.

These new protocols were developed in partnership between the Governor’s Office, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Portland Trail Blazers to ensure real-world implementation feasibility for large venues.

Pending the final approval of Multnomah County’s vaccination equity plan, which will move the county into the lower risk level, the Trail Blazers will be the first indoor sports venue in Oregon to welcome fans back to vaccinated sections for playoffs.  

“When fans left the Moda Center last March, it was one of the first signs this pandemic was about to change our lives in ways we hadn’t previously imagined,” Brown said. “Vaccines are the key to our return to normal life. It is a testament to the way Oregonians have united to battle this virus and get vaccinated in large numbers that, this week, the Rip City faithful can return to give our Trail Blazers the legendary home court advantage they deserve."

The Moda Center will debute vaccinated sections Thursday when the team takes on the Denver Nuggets. 

Physically distanced sections will also be available at the Moda Center. 

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