Good afternoon Private Sector Partners,
Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Oregon, Governor Brown announced today a statewide ‘Freeze’ beginning on Wednesday, November 18 through Wednesday, December 2 and travel advisory. The freeze includes, but is not limited to:
- Retail establishments and grocery stores to allow 75% capacity
- Restaurants and bars are limited to takeout
- Gyms, fitness facilities, and indoor venues to close
- Socialization is limited to 6 individuals of 2 households total
- Some counties that are considered COVID-19 hotspots should plan to remain in the freeze for longer than 2 weeks
For more information on COVID-19 mandates and other related resources in Oregon see: https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19.
Sonya McCormick, Program Manager – Public/Private PartnershipOregon Office of Emergency Management
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Friday a statewide two-week “freeze” that includes limiting restaurants and bars to take-out only and shuttering gyms, indoor and outdoor recreational facilities.
The freeze, which will be in effect from Nov. 18 through Dec. 2, aims to limit group activities and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The state is experiencing a spike in daily case counts and reached record daily highs in confirmed cases and positivity rates in November.
Brown has long warned about implementing tighter restrictions if Oregon’s cases did not decrease. The latest set of restrictions are the most stringent since the start of the pandemic.
As part of the freeze, grocery stores, pharmacies and retail stores are limited to a maximum capacity of 75%. Faith-based organizations will also have their capacity reduced to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.
However, other facilities — gyms and fitness centers, museums, pools, sports courts, movie theaters, zoos, gardens, aquariums and venues — will have to close their doors completely.
Restaurants and bars, which had a capacity limit of 50-100 people depending on the county and curfew of 10 p.m., will now be limited to take-out only.
All businesses will be required to close their offices to the public and mandate work-from-home “to the greatest extent possible,” Brown said.
Lastly, both indoor and outdoor social get-togethers are limited to six people, total, from no more than two households. In the past, Brown has described social get-together measures as “self-enforced.”
“These risk reduction measures are critical in limiting the spread of COVID-19, reducing risk in communities more vulnerable to serious illness and death, and helping conserve hospital capacity so that all Oregonians can continue to have access to quality care,” the governor’s office said Friday.
The freeze does not apply to barber shops, hair salons, congregate homeless sheltering, outdoor recreation and sports, youth programs, childcare, and K-12 schools that are currently open.
Brown and the governors of California and Washington issued travel advisories Friday urging residents to avoid non-essential travel out-of-state and asking people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country.