SALEM, OR (KPTV) - Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order Monday closing various businesses, including shopping centers, salons, gyms and theaters.

Brown is directing everyone in Oregon to stay home “to the maximum extent possible” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order is effective immediately and will remain in place until it is ended by Brown.

Brown cited thousands of people crowding Oregon beaches, trails, parks and city streets over the weekend as the need for an executive order.

Related: People on the Oregon coast telling visitors to go home amid COVID-19 concerns

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (KPTV)

“I started by asking Oregonians to stay home and practice social distancing. Then I urged the public to follow these recommendations. Instead, thousands crowded the beaches of our coastal communities, our trails, our parks, and our city streets, potentially spreading COVID-19 and endangering the lives of others across the state. Now, I’m ordering it. To save lives and protect our community," Brown said. 

Retail businesses closed by the executive order:

  • 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


  • All non-essential social and recreational gatherings of individuals are prohibited immediately, regardless of size, if a distance of at least six feet between individuals cannot be maintained. Gatherings of members of the same residential household are permitted.
  • It requires businesses not closed by the order to implement social distancing policies in order to remain open, and requires workplaces to implement teleworking and work-at-home options when possible.
  • It directs Oregonians to stay home whenever possible, while permitting activities outside the home when social distance is maintained.
  • It closes playgrounds, sports courts, and skate parks, among other types of outdoor recreation facilities. Those that remain open are required to strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • It outlines new guidelines for child care facilities, setting limits and rules on amounts of children allowed in care, and outlining that child care groups may not change participants.

Failure to comply with the order will be considered an immediate danger to public health and subject to a Class C misdemeanor. However, the Portland Police Bureau said officers will focus on education, with tickets being a last resort. 


Previously, schools were closed statewide through the end of April, restrictions were placed on dine-in food and beverages at businesses and health care providers were ordered to only perform emergency procedures to conserve supplies.

"I want to thank Governor Brown for taking the necessary steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. In the absence of a vaccine, the best defense we have right now is protecting the community from infection with social distancing. The Governor’s statewide Stay Home, Save Lives Order strengthens and reinforces the seriousness of that need," said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who had indicated he would take separate measures for the city if the governor did not make a statewide order. 

Related: Governor urges ‘stay home, stay healthy’ in Oregon; Portland mayor says order to follow

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued a similar executive order Monday night. 

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(30) comments


Shutting down Salem would go a long way. Let’s make it permanent!

Delta Bravo

The definition of enforcing only the laws you like is "despotic".

Frederick Fukov

Ya know..I think this would be a great time for Kate to go on vacation. What say we all pitch in and send her on a Royal Princess cruise?


So now that Kate, her lib counterparts and mainstream media have effectively scared half the population into mania and tanked the formerly robust economy, even whilst the Dems hold up the stimulus bill, I guess we all know who will be blamed (yet again) for the downfall of America come November. Apparently simply telling businesses to limit the number of customers in any given retail store, encouraging common sense practices and issuing a strong recommendation to grocery stores to limit purchases of TP, bread and other staples by any one customer are too far beyond their ken. Number of US deaths = 0.002% (approx. 600 out of 300 million). Perspective much?

Frederick Fukov

Now now SJesMe (which I'm guessing is short for "Stop Jesusing Me"), you're asking libs to..ya know..exercise a little something I like to call..common sense..when all of us rationally thinking people know they've never had any, and never will.


Guessed wrong. :) Read it as written and apply pronunciation thus: s-jes-me. It's Just Me and my two cents.


Original reply didn't show up so I'll try again (forgive any duplication). You guessed wrongly. Read my name as written and apply pronunciation thus: s-jes-me. It's Just Me and my two cents.




Does anybody know who to contact to ask about what a person needs to be able to drive back and forth to work during the order to stay inside so that they won't get pulled over and get a ticket?


Oh Kate,

I'm sure all of this is enough to drive you to drink. So many of your favorite causes are imploding in flames.

Let's outlaw plastic straws, single use grocery bags to save the world and create a habitat for all types virus. Next, we can pack ourselves into dense cities using public transportation surrounded by drug addicts who now use the streets as a home and toilet. Of course we should have open borders, no need to check health status or criminal records - we can all move about freely, right. (Nope, shelter at home.)

I'm glad you have been focusing on important issues since being appointed as the guv.


Anyone got toilet paper?????????


Governor Brown,

Following last weeks announcement of the necessary "stay home" edict, it seems funny to me considering your past lack of lawful actions.

Here's the problem: you sanctuary state and city folks (Wheeler) have spent the last 3 years trying to convince us that you don't need to obey laws you don't like! Instead of living up to your respective oath's to support the constitution, you've decided to pick and choose which laws you both obeyed. Fine example of two politicians representing Oregon. Now you can't understand why people are unwilling to obey the laws you sanctuary city folks suddenly deem important. Rule of law is not a part time endeavor. Wish you would act like a governor following laws as we in Portland wish our mayor would do the same thing too. But the die is set and we're left with you both.


Think about the next time you are at the grocery store and the person in front of you drags their unsanitary reusable tote over the check stand. Those totes support viruses and bacteria, including COVID-19. Thanks Kate, you’re on the ball!


Some folks are laughing at this with the intent of not following the guidelines. Apparently they don't understand why FEMA camps are being set up. Nothing says you can't be sent to one of these for a week or two to emphasize government control.

Frederick Fukov

Ya know..I didn't know much about this pod while she was coming up, and while she was Secretary of State. She was allowed to kinda fly under the radar because all of the focus was on Cylvia Hayes and her human hand puppet. And of course, she and Ellen just say back and did nothing about those two. Had Kitzhaber and Hayes been republicans, what do you think would have happened to them? The rest of the dems in this state would have been like pit bulls on poodles. It wasn't until the walls closed in on Kitzhaber, and that his resignation was imminent, that Kate finally made her move and plunged the knife. And from that time forward, it hasn't been difficult at all to see what she's all about. In fact, she made a big spectacle out of being the first openly (whatever) Governor, as if THAT is some special qualification. She doubled up on that when she gave the commencement speech at Willamette U, when, instead of delivering a normal..offer the kids hope and encouragement speech, she turned it into her own little "Mein Kampf" monologue. Sounded to me that the general reaction from the kids and the crowd was one big collective eye roll. She kinda kept her liberal down during her first term, because she desperately wanted to have a second one. But soon as she dispatched of Knute the Nothing, she's shown her true flamingly vibrant radical liberal colors ever since. It seems apparent that she's heIIbent on making it to DC. Too bad she hadn't already run for congress. She'd fit right in with Omar, Tlaib, Pressley and Water. What a group of entitled lunacy and ignorance that is. Of course, her (save the earth) cap and trade nonsense, delivered with such almost believable fervor, was a not so clever attempt to circumvent our tax kicker. But now this (oh no..I better do what all the other left coast liberals are doing) "executive order" is just another example of how the insanely radical left are the ones who take away more of our civil liberties. They don't care about you. They certainly don't care about the inconvenient constitution. They just care about having more of your money, and control over everything you do. The problem is, look at the left coast as compared to the rest of the country, and all we see is one glowing example of the worst government leadership, in the history of the world. Thanks Kate, but no thanks. You, and all your buddies in Portland, Salem, and Eugene can go pound the Sahara.

Husky Loyalist

Right on! Very well presented.

Just curious



Thankfully my business isn't forced to shutdown. $$$

Delta Bravo

Here's the problem. The sanctuary city folks have spent the last 3 years trying to convince you that you do not need to obey laws you don't like. Instead of living up to their oath's to support the constitution, they decided to pick and choose which laws they obeyed. Bad example. Now they can't understand why people are unwilling to obey the laws the sanctuary city folks suddenly deem important. Rule of law is not a part time endeavor.


Most excellent observation


You know, I'm not real sure the gov has the authority by law to do what she is doing. Far too much is being made of this event, and the sheep just blindly follow and obey. I am still going out walking every day, and if I want to go shopping, I will. There is something more insidious behind all this brouhaha, and it appears deliberate. How is this isolation really helping anyone? Folks, corona is just another virus like the flu, and we never hear anyone telling us all to stay home and closing up businesses right and left for that. And so few have been affected. Something is rotten in Denmark (and the US).


She has all of that authority and more. Look up ORS 401

Husky Loyalist

The Takings Clause of the fifth Amendment requires just compensation when the state meaningfully interferes with an owner's chosen lawful use of his property. The First Amendment protects the right to associate and the judicially recognized right to travel. The Due Process Clause of the fourteenth Amendment prohibits the states from interfering with life, liberty or property without a trial at which the state must prove fault. The Contracts Clause of the Constitution prohibits the states from interfering with lawful contracts, such as leases and employment agreements. The mandates from Kate Brown, the dictator, do not supplant the United States Constitution.


You are the idiot and reason we will be down for 4 to 6 weeks, maybe longer... Keep being a Naysayer.. Ask the 35 year old woman in Tigard that was infected by the virus what she thinks of it..... Look it up....

Frederick Fukov

Oh? You mean the woman who's own brother's sloppy hygiene brought the virus home to her, so she blames everyone else instead of her brother? That woman? Also, she's likely to be one of those sickly types or a smoker, because those are the people who are being the most affected. Yeah, you read a story about a whiner, and you get reeled in. Nice goin'. Dems love people like you.

Husky Loyalist

I am sure the 36 million Americans who have contracted the annual flu during this flue season feel they were feeling pretty bad too but the 22,000 who have died from the annual flu were not down just 4 -6 weeks, they are down permanently Look it up. Where is your outrage for them?


Our county has just stated that, despite what Brown says, "We are prepared for it and will approach it from an education standpoint. We will educate and encourage/support voluntary compliance and will not arrest or cite anyone related to the governor's order.". Good on them!

Native Born

What county are you in? We have a farm tractor whose steering gear has stiffened up that we need to take to Farmland once we have it removed so we can get shims for it.We hope to do so despite this action. We operate in Yamhill county.

Sun Tzu

'Gov. Kate Brown’s executive order closes various business, prohibits gatherings in Oregon' So HRH Kate Brown finally put on her big boy pants and made a decision. Shocking!

Husky Loyalist

At the begging of her soul mate Wheeler of Portland who needed cover to implement these restrictions in Portland because he is too much of a coward to go alone. If you watched the pathetic news conference last Saturday night, he made it clear what he was up to. He wanted Brown to make it state wide so he could implement the restrictions in Portlandia and not be blamed for them.

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