Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued a detailed ‘stay home’ order Monday morning, March 23, 2020.
It details which businesses must close, which activities are prohibited and what the penalties for breaking those rules are.
It prohibits, beginning immediately, any social or recreational gatherings outside the home of any size in which people do not remain at least six feet apart.
It also prohibits non-essential businesses from operating and prohibits Oregonians from patronizing any that fail to close.
People found to have violated her order could be jailed for up to 30 days or fined $1,250.
The order will remain in effect until further notice.
In short, here is what is allowed and what is not. If you’re not sure about an activity, skip it. Staying at home as much as possible during this time will save lives.
Allowed (must keep 6 feet from others):
- Hospitals and health care
- Grocery stores
- Take-out/delivery from restaurants and bars
- Pet stores
- Gas stations
- Certain retail stores
- Outdoor activities like walking your dog, jogging, or biking in your neighborhood
- Child care facilities and babysitters (only if abiding by new rules)
- Social gatherings (parties, celebrations) with people from outside of your household
- Dine-in restaurants and bars
- Nightclubs and concerts
- Shopping at outdoor or indoor malls and retail complexes
- Fitness: Gyms, sports and fitness centers, health clubs, and exercise studios, dance and yoga studios
- Grooming: Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, massage parlors, non-medical wellness spas, cosmetic stores, tattoo parlors
- Entertainment: Theaters, amusement parks, arcades, bowling alleys, music concerts, sporting events, museums, skating rinks
- Outdoors: State parks, playgrounds, campgrounds, pools, skate parks, festivals
In her order, Brown wrote:
“While many businesses and organizations that are heavily dependent on foot traffic and in-person interactions have already closed or will close under the expanded order, other businesses that make robust plans to meet social distancing requirements — and enforce those requirements — may remain in operation, preserving jobs while ensuring health.
Additional Resources for COVID-19 (Corona Virus)
- What You Should Know (CDC)
- World Health Organization Information on COVID-19
- Oregon Health Authority COVID-19
- Guides for childcare programs and K-12 administrators
- Create a Household Plan for COVID-19
- Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracker
- CDC’s Travel Health Notices
- State Department’s International Travel Guidance
- State Department and Country Advisories
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