Understanding Oregon's COVID-19 Guidelines: (and what they mean for your wedding)
Updated: 2 days ago
LAST UPDATED: Jan. 15 2021
In early December, Oregon rolled out a new approach to re-opening Oregon. Instead of the Phase approach, Oregon counties are now being given a COVID-19 risk level based on the number of cases over the past 14 days and what percentage of tests are positive over the past 14 days. The state will give each county its risk level every 2 weeks on Mondays.
Here is a photo of the factors determining risk level:
How does this impact weddings.
The risk factor assigned to the county your venue is in, is going to influence how many people you can have at your wedding. I know these numbers are scary, but we are already seeing a lot of movement. And from what we are hearing, March is slated to be the month where the tide really turns in our favor.
If your county is deemed to be at "Extreme Risk", outdoor venue limits are set to 50 people. Indoor venue limits are set to Zero. (This will include staff)
If your county is deemed at "High Risk" you can have up to 75 people outdoors and 50 people indoor.. (This will include staff)
If your county is deemed at "Moderate Risk: you can have up to 150 people outdoors and 100 people (This will include staff)
If your county is deemed at "Lower Risk" you can have up to 300 people outdoors, or 50% of the venue's max capacity indoors. And yes, plan on counting staff into that number as well)
Here is the official matrix: Because the state government is not the most wedding focused when rolling out their guidelines, look for the "venue" guidance that is under Indoor/Outdoor Entertainment Establishments.
For the most detailed updates we encourage you to visit the State of Oregon's new COVID-19 website. We will keep this map current every two weeks as we get new assessments:
YPB Is Here to Help and Adjust
We know this is a lot to keep track of, but the good news is, if you are one of our clients, we are keeping track of this information for you. Since risk levels adjust every two weeks, it may be that we won't know the status of your venue until two weeks before your wedding. And while the sound of that is scary, please don't let it be.
We will work with you to create a custom game plan. Some of you may choose to postpone. Some will choose to change venues. Some will choose to adjust the guest count. Regardless of what you choose, we will help you make it happen.
So if at all possible, keep the faith and stay strong. Things are changing every two weeks, and we are seeing a lot of counties improve quite rapidly. We really are very hopeful for a pretty normal wedding season. To read why, check out our blog on that very topic: https://www.yourperfectbridesmaid.com/post/wedding-planning-in-2021
And please remember, we are here and we have your back!
Stay tuned for more updates. We will keep this page as current as possible. And as always, email us at email@example.com if you have questions.