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. 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.
In an executive order issued Monday, Governor Kate Brown ordered Oregonians to stay at home or face the penalty of a misdemeanor.
Brown also has expanded the list of businesses forced to shutter as OR tries to contain a COVID-19 outbreak that threatens to overwhelm the hospital system in coming weeks.
"If businesses do not comply, they will be shut down", Brown said. The order is effective immediately, and remains in effect until ended by the Governor. The order does not have a predetermined end date.
Oregon's not the first state to bar evictions during the rapidly-spreading coronavirus. We don't know yet when this outbreak will end, or what changes this will bring for our state and for our country.
"Governors all over the nation are wrestling with how to do this", she said.
"I started by asking Oregonians to stay home and practice social distancing".
It would close many businesses - including hair salons, gyms, senior centers and theaters, Willamette Week reports.
"Some Oregonians are not adhering to social distancing guidance provided by the Oregon Health Authority, as represented by crowds this last weekend at the Oregon Coast, Smith Rock State Park, the Columbia River Gorge and other places around the state", Brown's order says. "To slow the spread of COVID-19 in OR, to protect the health and lives of Oregonians, particularly those at highest risk, and to help avoid overwhelming local and regional healthcare capacity, I find that immediate implementation of additional measures is necessary".
Local public health officials said going outdoors is still allowed, but they advise against traveling.
The # of cities, counties, electeds, health care groups, joining me in pushing for this continues to grow.
On Friday, Brown and Wheeler held a joint press conference where they said they'd be working together on a stay-at-home policy but it was unclear if there would be a statewide order.
Brown's office did not return messages from The Oregonian/OregonLive on Sunday. The order adds to the upending of life in OR as the state confronts the COVID-19 disease.
At least 161 people in OR have now been infected by the virus, which has sickened more than 335,000 people worldwide.
"This order is created to flatten the curve over the coming weeks, preserving scarce hospital space and equipment".