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Governor Brown Announces Two Week “Freeze” as COVID-19 Cases Escalate

Governor Brown has announced a statewide “freeze” on social and some commercial activities to reduce the spread of COVID-19 which this week reached a daily case count of more than 1,000 for the first time this week.  The freeze is set to begin Wednesday, November 18 and will continue until December 2.  

New regulations include:

  • Limiting restaurants and bars to take-out service only.
  • Closing gyms and other indoor recreational facilities, museums, and indoor entertainment like theaters.
  • Closing outdoor recreational facilities, zoos, gardens, and entertainment venues. City parks and playgrounds will remain open.
  • Requiring all businesses to mandate that employees work from home when possible, and to close offices to the public.
  • Limiting grocery and retail stores to 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pickup service.
  • Prohibiting visits at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
  • Limiting social get togethers, whether indoors or out, to no more than six people from two households.
  • Limiting worship services to 25 people when indoors and 50 people when outdoors.

A full list of restrictions and details will be available on Governor Brown’s COVID-19 website.

Friday’s announcement comes after the “pause" the governor placed last week on counties with escalating case rates didn’t sufficiently curb infection growth.  The dramatic increases in daily case counts has largely been attributed to social gatherings occurring on or around Halloween, including one party with 100 attendees. 

Please monitor other media outlets, the Oregon Health Authority and the LOC’s web site and social media for updates as they become available.

Contact: Scott Winkels, Lobbyist - swinkels@orcities.org

Last Updated 11/13/20