PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Gov. Kate Brown announced a two-week ‘freeze’ across Oregon, limiting or closing businesses and activities statewide, to combat the spread of COVID-19.
The governor made the announcement Friday, with the freeze measures taking effect from Wednesday Nov. 18 through Wednesday Dec. 2 in every county in Oregon.
Previously, the governor had issued a two-week pause for nine Oregon counties, which included advisory measures regarding working from home, stopping visits to long-term care facilities and limiting restaurant capacity and social gatherings.
Friday’s freeze measures are far more sweeping for the state. They include:
- Limiting social get-togethers (indoors and outdoors) to no more than six people, total, from no more than two households.
- Limiting faith-based organizations to a maximum of 25 people indoors or 50 people outdoors.
- Limiting restaurants and bars to take-out only.
- Closing gyms and fitness organizations.
- Closing indoor recreational facilities, museums, indoor entertainment activities, and indoor pools and sports courts.
- Closing zoos, gardens, aquariums, outdoor entertainment activities, and outdoor pools.
- Limiting grocery stores and pharmacies to a maximum of 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pick-up.
- Limiting retail stores and retail malls (indoor and outdoor) to a maximum of 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pick-up.
- Closing venues (that host or facilitate indoor or outdoor events).
- Requiring all businesses to mandate work-from-home to the greatest extent possible and closing offices to the public.
- Prohibiting indoor visiting in long-term care facilities.
“These risk reduction measures are critical in limiting the spread of COVID-19, reducing risk in communities more vulnerable to serious illness and death, and helping conserve hospital capacity so that all Oregonians can continue to have access to quality care,” according to a statement from the governor’s office.
Brown said the freeze will apply to some counties for longer than two weeks, including Multnomah County, which will be under a "freeze" for at least four weeks.
The two-week freeze does not apply to or change current health and safety protocols for personal services such as barber shops, hair salons, and non-medical massage therapy, as well as congregate homeless sheltering, outdoor recreation and sports, youth programs, childcare, K-12 schools, K-12 sports currently allowed, current Division 1 and professional athletics exemptions, and higher education — all of which can continue operating under previous guidance issued by the Oregon Health Authority.
Ski resorts may also continue to operate, however visitors must abide by limitations on social gatherings, meaning no more than six people total in a group and no more than two households skiing together, according to the governor's office.
Governor Brown said she intends to issue an executive order, making the limits on activities and gatherings legally binding.
The Governor said she would direct the Superintendent of the State Police to work with local police and sheriff’s departments to enforce the regulations.
Brown said the enforcement would be at the discretion of law enforcement officers, and that violating her executive order is a Class-C misdemeanor.
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Oregon’s daily count of COVID-19 cases topped 1,000 for the first time Thursday. On Friday, the governors for Oregon, Washington and California issued a joint statement recommending a 14-day travel quarantine for the West Coast.
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