COVID-19 Info for Businesses

(Updated March 30, 2020)

The City of Eugene is aware that the responses to concerns over the COVID-19 virus is having a dramatic effect on the local and regional economy. The City is collaborating with local, regional, and state agencies and organizations to provide accurate information and assistance to area employers. This web page is a resource for key information and resources that affect businesses. Please email us if you cannot find the information you need on this webpage.

  1. Governor's Executive Orders Affect Businesses
  2. Federal CARES Act & Other Disaster Relief
  3. Layoffs
  4. Resources to Support Ongoing Operations

On March 23, 2020, Governor Brown issued Executive Order 20-12, which immediately prohibits all non-essential social and recreational gatherings of individuals, regardless of size, if a distance of at least six feet between individuals cannot be maintained. 

Retail businesses closed by Executive Order 20-12 include:


  • Shopping: Outdoor and indoor malls and retail complexes, although individual types of businesses not subject to the measures may stay open
  • Fitness: Gyms, sports and fitness centers, health clubs, and exercise studios
  • Grooming: Barbershops, beauty and nail salons, and non-medical wellness spas
  • Entertainment: Theaters, amusement parks, arcades, bowling alleys, and pool halls

Other retail businesses will not be able to continue to operate unless they can implement strict social distancing measures and designate an employee or officer charged with ensuring compliance. Retail businesses able to adapt to take-out style shopping experiences can also remain open. Read the full details on all businesses listed and how to ensure compliance in the Executive Order.  

Activities and businesses that are allowed to continue operations include:

  • Hospitals and health care
  • Grocery stores
  • Banks and Credit Unions
  • Pharmacies
  • Take-out/delivery from restaurants and bars
  • Pet stores
  • Gas stations
  • Certain retail stores
  • Outdoor activities like walking your dog, jogging, or biking in your neighborhood
  • Child care facilities and babysitters (only if abiding by new rules)

Take-out Food Must Be Consumed Off Premises

Oregonians are not allowed to consume take-out food and beverages anywhere on the premises of restaurants, bars, brewpubs, cafes, food carts, food courts and other establishments, according to Governor’s Executive Order No. 20-07. Food and beverages must be consumed off premises. The Governor’s prohibition includes outdoor seating areas where food and beverages are purchased. A Q&A from the Oregon Health Authority addresses this topic. 

The Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce has a list of restaurants that are offering take-out food services.

Businesses can request the designation of 1-2 parking spots in front of their location to provide a dedicated free parking spot for carry-out customers and/or delivery companies. To request this free service please email See a map of the businesses that are using this service.