PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler says he is ready to act on a stay-at-home order for the city on Monday if Oregon Gov. Brown doesn’t take action.
In a tweet on Sunday, Wheeler called on Gov. Brown to issue a statewide stay-at-home order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
“We remain hopeful you will act. But if not, I’m ready to act for Portland tomorrow,” he tweeted.
FOX 12 reached out to the mayor’s office and received the following statement in response:
“This pandemic is deadly and it continues to spread. It’s critical that everyone practices proper social distancing guidelines. I applaud the elected leaders who are taking the difficult but necessary measures to further social distancing guidelines in their communities.
The public health, safety and well-being of our community is my top priority.
We can't wait another day.
The chorus of Mayors, hospitals, businesses, joining me in pushing for a statewide Stay at Home order continues to grow.
I am ready to act citywide if this does not happen state-wide tomorrow.”
Brown, Wheeler and other officials addressed Oregonians on Friday about COVID-19 and social distancing, “urging people to stay home and stay healthy.”
“Here in Oregon we all see that a storm is coming, but we still have time to change course,” Brown said Friday. “Social distancing done well and done early saves lives. We have agreed on a plan called ‘stay home, stay healthy.’ It’s both an order, and a public safety campaign.”
Brown called it a campaign and a mandate but stopped short of saying that Oregonians would be required to mostly stay home.
FOX 12 also reached out to Gov. Brown but did not hear back. Last we heard, she said she would not put a mandatory stay-at-home order in place.
Sunday evening, FOX 12 spoke with the mayor of Hillsboro, Steve Callaway.
He is one of 25 mayors making up the Metropolitan Mayors Consortium. They’ve all agreed that a mandatory stay-at-home order should be put in place, and they’re calling on the governor to make it official.
FOX 12 asked Mayor Callaway whether he’d consider a stay-at-home order for the city of Hillsboro.
“It’s problematic and frankly, confusing, if we have one county doing one thing and another county doing something else,” he said. “As we have talked, we all recognize the importance of that consistent message and that continuity.”
Callaway says he’s planning on waiting Monday to see what Gov. Brown says.
FOX 12 also talked to the mayor of Vancouver, Anne McEnerny-Ogle.
McEnerny-Ogle says in Washington state, mayors are not allowed to issue such orders as a stay-home directive. She says that has to come from Gov. Jay Inslee.
McErnery-Ogle says mayors and city managers from across Washington will be on a conference call Monday, where they plan on discussing whether they’ll be making any recommendations to the governor.
So far, a mandatory stay-home order hasn’t been put in place in Washington state.
In Oregon, now it’s all eyes on Gov. Brown to see if she’ll put anything else in place.
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