Oregon State Police — In an attempt to answer frequently asked questions relating to the enforcement of the Governor’s Executive Order 20-12 “Stay Home, Save Lives,” the Oregon State Police is offering this guidance.
•Is it martial law?
No, not even close. There are no curfews and citizen movements are not restricted under the Governor’s Executive Order. While details are offered in the order relating to social distancing, specific business closures and non-essential social gatherings- citizen movements are generally unrestricted.
•Do I need documentation for my employer deeming me essential?
No. The Governor’s Executive Order closes certain businesses, outlined in section (2). These businesses reflect operations that would make close contact difficult or impossible due to the nature of the business. Officers are not asking or looking for any type of special paperwork from your employer.
•Do I need a special placard on my car, he going to work of if I drive for work?
No. There is no special documentation or placards for citizens going to work or permitted activities.
•Will I be pulled over for driving on the highway?
Not for violation of the Governor’s Executive Order, which specifically outlines efforts to avoid large gatherings- not restrict the movement of citizens. If, however, you are committing a traffic violation or crime that would be enforced independent of the order, you may be stopped, like any other day.
•Are the state lines closed and are there roadblocks?
No, traffic is moving freely within Oregon and our border states. There are no roadblocks or restrictions of vehicle movement. Washington State is operating under a similar executive order from their Governor, so Oregonians should be aware of these provisions when traveling in their state.
•If my business is closed, can I still go to work if my employer makes me? Won’t I be arrested?
𝐈𝐟 𝐦𝐲 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐝, 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐈 𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐠𝐨 𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐢𝐟 𝐦𝐲 𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐨𝐲𝐞𝐫 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬 𝐦𝐞? 𝐖𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐈 𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐝?
While the order prohibits the public from congregating at a closed business, the employer may still have work to do on site. As long as employees are not conducting business that is prohibited by the Executive Order, it is okay to still be at the worksite. No “passes” or paperwork is required.
•Are the rest areas open?
•Are police arresting or ticketing people in public or in violation of the Governor’s Executive Order?
Citizens that violate the Governor’s Order in an Emergency Declaration could be arrested or cited, which is a C Misdemeanor- the lowest level of criminal conduct designation. All Oregon law enforcement are united on the premise that police action is extremely undesirable, and we hope to educate citizens if congregating in violation of the Governor’s Order. Citation or arrest would be an extreme last resort if a citizen failed to comply with the lawful direction of a police officer.
•What about my kids that may congregate in a place without my permission, like a skate park?
Police know our children don’t often take their parent’s advice and may ignore direction when away. Like adults found to be congregating in a location, officers will likely approach the youths and educate them on the order. Citations and arrest are extremely unlikely, reserved for only the most extreme circumstances.
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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