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. 

Gov. Kate Brown during COVID-19 press conference file image

Gov. Kate Brown during prior press conference (KPTV file image)

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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(46) comments

Roberto Estrello Demar

Tyranny cannot stop a virus, or effectively slow it down. Tyranny could not stop the fires in Dresden or Tokyo, the slaughters of the Jews and Poles, the atrocities and killings by Castro and al Qaida, or the Russian Winter. Neither Federalism nor Anti-Federalism will protect you from your neighbor, your self, or the common cold. Antifa will only burn down your house, destroy your crops, and will produce not a toothpick nor a strand of yarn to defend you from hunger and cold. There is only one answer for it. "Let's get to work!"


"Top Canadian pathologist Dr. Roger Hodkinson, an expert in virology ... (and) CEO of a biotech company that manufactures COVID tests": “There is utterly unfounded public hysteria driven by the media and politicians, it’s outrageous, this is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public” The doctor said that nothing could be done to stop the spread of the virus besides protecting older more vulnerable people and that the whole situation represented “politics playing medicine, and that’s a very dangerous game.”

The actions of a confused and scattered brain. The 'leadership' of this state seems often confused with no real planning or foresight. It is all quite reactionary. The testing in this state is quite a joke and if this is representative of the country it's no wonder cases are rising. By turning the state on and off like a lightswitch you aren't allowing for any plan of action to work effectively. You had better sit down with those people in your circle (preferably outside your circle) who know how to deal with this situation. You are adversely affecting the health, livelihood and mental stability of your state. My company has switched gears so many times because of your indecision and reactionary tactics, it's debilitating. Please stop. Make a solid plan, and prepare for the worst. I really despise your agenda. Put the people first, try that on for size.


The rest of the world is laughing at us. Have been for some time, but even the papers in the UK think Brown is a joke. Oh well.


“ 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.”

If this doesn’t apply to Antifa/BLM and other demonstrations/rioters, then no one else needs to follow these “rules” either.


Like all pandemics throughout history they do not go away until they play themselves out. Wearing masks and shutting down the means for folks to support themselves and have a home is flippant. All it does is forstall the inevitable, till it plays itself out like all others.

Roberto Estrello Demar

If you quit feeding her what she wants, she will straighten up in a couple of weeks.


So the governor has asked groceries stores not stock to capacity why is this? This should scare everyone... What is the real goal on this shut down? Why is she crippling Oregon it's a Blue state? You know the Liberals attacked Trump for not telling people to fear the virus but what the governor has done is provoke panic while reducing stocks of goods in stores WHY?


This is just a Prelude to what Biden will do after saying I will not shut down the country!


For all of you wondering why the elites are doing this to us, I would encourage you to google "The Great Reset" and read what the world economic forum is trying to do

There are 3 women who are in the political arena (yes, I said arena, a 3 ring circus) that make my stomach turn, Brown, Hardesty, and Clinton. I would not be opposed to a Thunderdome with those 3.....I'll bring the popcorn.


Just in time to mess up Thanksgiving and Black Friday, what will she do to Christmas?

Husky Loyalist

In my earlier post I advised 51% of the deaths were people 70 +. That percentage is for those 80+ years old and 74% of the deaths are those 70+ years old. So 775 people have died and most elderly yet the schools are closed and 4.4 million Oregonians are being punished. Notice how Brown always institutes restrictions after her big brother Governors in Wash and Cal announce their totalitarian restrictions? It is like a little sister running after her two big brothers yelling "me too, me too!".


What were the results of previous closures? Science is numbers that are available. South Dakota never locked down and had low numbers throughout this debacle.

When is goes bad they blame Trump knowing the ignorance of so many will eat that up hook line and sinker. People it's the governors calling the shots.

NY Governor Cumo ordered infected patients into nursing homes where thousands died. Then he and the illiterates blamed the President. Tells you much about the education system doesn't it.


Until Brown imposed a curfew and stops the Antifa/BLM terrorists off the streets, she has no credibility whatsoever. Her “mandates” are worthless and hypocritical.


It really doesn't matter what she does, she will blame Trump and the Republicans for any businesses shutting down and the liberal dummies in Portland will believe her.

pb sir

We are sick and tired of listening to you, Kate... Your own health experts say that this spike in cases came from private social gatherings (parties) at homes, etc. So what do you do? Punish the restaurants, gyms and other business where there is absolutely no evidence that those businesses are contributing to this at all, or at least to this extent. It's time for business owners to rise up and let our government know that this is unacceptable, and (should be) unconstitutional.


There's absolutely no evidence that private gatherings are the culprit, either. Prove it, Kate!


She is killing this state. Unbelievable.


The only thing the tyrant queens freeze will do is to destroy what remains of small businesses in the state. Her freezes have never been about 'Covid-19' but rather have all been political.


She is ruining Oregon just like her big brother ruined California. Look him up Jerry Brown. Tired of her over reach. This should be put to a vote by the people.


brown stuff and moonbeam have comom last name, but they are not related. They do share the same political and ideological idiocracy.




Will there also be a “freeze” on ANTIFA rioting, or is that still permitted?


Liberals have their own standards and rules. It's ok for them to "celebrate"; "protest" in herds, yet we can't go to a store to get food. She really is stupid. Take your own advice Katie and stay home. We are sick of you.

Tyrell Higgs

I wonder how all those business owners who voted for Brown feel now...


Trump 2020 2.0


Guess we're going shopping in Longview...

Husky Loyalist

I just checked the Oregon Health Authority website and as of today, the mortality rate is the lowest since the pandemic hit Oregon. It is 1.37% of the 54,937 positive cases and only 0.080% of all those tested. In addition, 51% of the deaths are people over 70 years old. This move to shutdown by this lunatic is absolutely not warranted but she is a follower of Newsom and Inslee as if Los Angeles is the same as Portland, Scappoose, Bend, etc. Mortality rate is going down as positives go up which means the virus is weakening and maybe herd immunity is starting to work. Open up the schools! No deaths of people under 20 years old and only 1 death between 20-29. She does not care about the average Oregonian.


She can't make ANY decisions without consulting her bosses Newsome and Inslee. She's too low IQ.


She really IS pathetic, isn't she? Governor Brown-Shirt has let power go to her head. I can't wait to see her executive orders "enforced" by law enforcement who hate her enough as it is.


[thumbup] that she is.


[thumbup] Liberals only deal with feeling, not facts. The FEAR MONGERING is more important than silly facts and statistics. I do not care about any of her executive orders.


Like you right wingers think the election was stolen. No evidence or facts, just a "feeling". Waaaaa!


An economic "freeze" so, so important that we must wait until next Wednesday to implement. Until then, the virus is not a problem.


Low IQ Katie at it again. So what's going to happen after 2-4 weeks, Katie? Is your little 'freeze" going to eliminate the virus once and for all?

It’s the selfish folk with self-centered behavior that has caused the spike in cases - Was it really necessary to have that Halloween party? Self-interest over those of others? Why were masks politicized and those wearing them ridiculed? Unfortunately, everyone played straight into the hands of Kate Brown.


Wow @Royce, issues and anger much?

No - just amazed at so many people in denial, looking for some ulterior motives and wondering why this is happening. FFS it is a pandemic -not some liberal conspiracy!

Worst PDX Mayor Ever

This chick really has no clue what she's doing. She never has. She had no business being Secretary of State, let alone Governor. In fact, she doesn't even have what it takes to be just your basic secretary..period.


Sure hope she stays hidden.


I know what you mean.


Sick and tired of this Tyrannical fascist shutting down the economy. She will NEVER give up this power over us! She will destroy what little small businesses did survive up to this point. All we will have left is Fast food giants and stores! She is utterly destroying the middle and lower classes! Herd immunity is the recommendation not destroy a state literally trying to rebuild after her poor management of woodland areas and that last forced economic suicide she forced the state to endure! When will enough be enough! Where is the line to her calling for martial law! That IS what this IS!




After those businesses that are barely staying open close down for good, we'll have a nice long, dark winter followed by the worst recession in history, and the most number of people dependent on the government for handouts (peanuts) ever. Then, it's welcome to SOCIALISM, folks! You get what you voted for. Remember this in about 6 months time.

Erik Erlow Eeckhart

Outrageous abuse of power. Thank you voters who voted for this...person. When your businesses go bankrupt you can look in the mirror for the blame.

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