Beginning Jan. 3, 2022, the City of Portland will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all vendors, consultants, contractors, volunteers and grantees who perform in-person work for at least 15 minutes at the City’s indoor facilities. Between Nov. 8 and Jan. 3, all who perform in-person work for at least 15 minutes at the City’s indoor facilities will be required to wear a KN95 face covering.
Designed to protect community and employee health and safety, this new policy complements the City’s recent vaccination requirement for employees. Recommendations were developed by a city workgroup with input from external stakeholders.
“We’re committed to helping Portland recover from this pandemic by making City worksites as safe as possible,” said Biko Taylor, the City’s chief procurement officer. “We’re also committed to making this policy as simple as possible for local businesses and volunteers, who are essential to our city’s economic health and vitality.”
The new policy was issued by the City's Chief Administrative Officer in close coordination with the City's Procurement Services team.
Vendors, consultants and contractors with active contracts must complete the “Attestation Questions” in their profile on the City’s BuySpeed vendor portal by Jan. 3, 2022. The questions document if a vendor, consultant or contractor has workers or subcontractors subject to this requirement; and if so, that they comply or have a medical or religious exception verified by their employer.
Workers with medical or religious exceptions approved by their employers will be required to comply with following regulations when performing work inside a City worksite for more than 15 minutes:
- Testing for COVID-19 twice a week (negative test result within the past 72 hours)
- Wearing a fit-tested N95 mask, provided by the vendor, consultant or contractor
- Maintaining six feet of distance from others whenever possible
- Performing the work required remotely when feasible
Approximately 2,500 vendors, contractors and consultants will be impacted by the City’s policy. They perform a wide range of jobs, from construction projects to custodial services to equipment and product supply.
The process will be slightly different for the City’s volunteers and grant recipients, a group that includes everybody from advisory committee members, to volunteers with Portland Parks & Recreation's No Ivy League and the Bureau of Emergency Management's Neighborhood Emergency Teams, to Civic Life grantees. Adults spending more than 15 minutes inside a City worksite will be asked to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to the activity, working directly with their City of Portland liaison. Volunteer and grantee information will be reviewed for verification only; out of respect for privacy, no copies will be taken.
Without satisfying one of these two requirements, volunteers and grant recipients will not be able to participate in their scheduled in-person activity. City staff are encouraged to provide alternate ways of participating whenever feasible, such as telephone or video conference.
For more information about the City’s contractor vaccination policy, go to www.portland.gov/omf/brfs/procu….