Gov. Kate Brown's two-week freeze begins

The new restrictions will force businesses to either limit activity or fully shut down.

Posted: Nov 18, 2020 7:48 AM

SALEM, Ore. -- Under an executive order by Gov. Kate Brown the state of Oregon will have a two-week freeze starting Wednesday. 

The new restrictions will force businesses to either limit activity or fully shut down. According to the governor's office, the freeze measures include all of the following:

  • Limiting social get-togethers (indoors and outdoors) to no more than six people, total, from no more than two households.
  • Limiting faith-based organizations to a maximum of 25 people indoors or 50 people outdoors.
  • Limiting restaurants and bars to take-out only.
  • Closing gyms and fitness organizations.
  • Closing indoor recreational facilities, museums, indoor entertainment activities, and indoor pools and sports courts.
  • Closing outdoor recreational facilities, zoos, gardens, aquariums, outdoor entertainment activities, and outdoor pools.
  • Limiting grocery stores and pharmacies to a maximum of 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pick-up.
  • Limiting retail stores and retail malls (indoor and outdoor) to a maximum of 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pick-up.
  • Closing venues (that host or facilitate indoor or outdoor events).
  • Requiring all businesses to mandate work-from-home to the greatest extent possible and closing offices to the public.
  • Prohibiting indoor visiting in long-term care facilities.

The freeze carves out a space for some businesses and services to continue as they have been under Oregon Health Authority guidance, providing exceptions for personal services such as barber shops, hair salons, and non-medical massage therapy; congregate homeless shelters; outdoor recreation and sports; youth programs, childcare, and K-12 schools.

Brown is underlining the fact that the freeze restrictions are "enforceable by law" on both individuals and businesses, but is urging all people to voluntarily follow them in order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The freeze starts Nov. 18, and lasts through Dec. 2.  

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