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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – In response to comply with social distancing guidelines, the Oregon State Fire Marshall is suspending its enforcement of gas stations self-service regulations.

“During this unprecedented time of state emergency, we need to ensure that critical supply lines for fuels and other basic services remain uninterrupted,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker.

Effective immediately, gas stations will be able to allow drivers to pump their own gas if they meet the following requirements:

1. The gas station owner retains documentation that there are no employees available to work as an attendant, including documentation for absences and employee hiring and retention efforts;

2. The gas station owner is subject to State Fire Marshal audit and has posted safety signs for how to safely operate a fuel pump; and

3. The hours of operation under this subsection do not exceed 10 consecutive hours.

Active gas stations must also follow the Fire Marshall’s latest guidelines which include:

1. Prepare, implement and enforce social distancing policies consistent with guidance from the Oregon Health Authority,

2. Require an attendant to be on duty to supervise self-service refueling consistent with the social distancing policies and help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through sanitization measures, and

3. Designate an employee at each station to implement and enforce the social distancing policies.

The new regulations are in place until April 11.

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Just curious

I personally don't want to pump my own gas during this pandemic, because I don't know who has touched the gas nozzle, who has put their germs all over the screen I will have to touch and where I have to insert my credit card to pay the bill. I could wear latex gloves and discard them before I re-enter my vehicle, but I would have to have these gloves on hand and remember to put them in my vehicle the day I would be fueling my vehicle. Or I can use lysol wipes, if I have any more on hand..

To me it is easier for me to hand the gas attendant my credit card and have a lysol wipe handy to wipe the card when the attendant hands it back to me.


I don't want the attendant to get your germs. Wipe your hands after pumping your gas.


Either it's safe for people to pump their own gas (like everywhere else) or it's not, and not on a temporary basis. I've never heard of a corporation or public entity say that their safety protocols could be "temporarily" ignored. It's either safe or it's not. Period.

Sun Tzu

'Oregon to allow drivers to temporarily pump their own gas' The headline should read 'Oregon finally repeals the prohibition on not allowing self-serve gas.'

When was the last time someone blew themselves, or the gas station up, when they pumped their own gas?


People have been pumping their own gas in just about every other state in the nation for a very long time without blowing themselves up.


Really?! "During this unprecedented time of state emergency",..... Why do we need to be micromanaged to this extent in Oregon? Just maybe, it's time to wean ourselves from this nonsense.


You know these comments should be under the article not under 30 click bait articles.

Sun Tzu

I emailed everyone at KPTV who had an email address and asked them this same question a few days ago. As of today, zero response.


Someone needs to explain to me how it's ok that I'm forced to have a gas attendant that has been in close contact with God knows how many people every day and touched their filthy debit card which could transmit Covid for days from anywhere its been leaning into my car and touching my debit card??????? Then I'm supposed to go home to my high risk spouse and hope to heck I don't drag it in. I know strip in front of everyone on the busy street, yes it's still busy, and burn the clothes.

Before you say stay home. I don't get that option. I work for a company that manufacturers food. We are required by Federal Mandate to continue to operate.


EXACTLY! There are those of us that don't have the choice of not venturing out and risk infecting not only ourselves, but also our charges. Once this scourge has passed, we all need to reevaluate the unneeded risk of ridiculous mandates (like having a "professional" pump our gas) for the sake of needless interactions. High time to join the 21st century.


How would I even go about pumping my own Gas??? Is there a Tutorial Somewhere?? 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯 Lol or We can just do it ALL the Time!

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