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Safe & Strong Oregon Governor Kate Brown

As we continue to build a safer and stronger Oregon,
I again ask Oregonians to come together and be smart.

This virus is still very dangerous, and it still poses a great threat. Please follow the safety measures we are putting in place to keep each other healthy and businesses open — we have the best doctors and public health experts to guide us on how to safely weather this pandemic. It’s up to us to follow their advice if we want to keep Oregon safe and strong.

  Two-Week Statewide Freeze

From November 18 to December 2, Oregon will be in a statewide Two-Week Freeze to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 across Oregon. 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.

Social Gatherings

Limited to no more than 6 people total, from no more than 2 households – indoor and outdoor

Limited faith-based organizations to a maximum of 25 people indoors or 50 people outdoors

No indoor visitation in long-term care facilities

Businesses

Work from home to the greatest extent possible and close offices to the public

Restaurants are delivery and take-out only

Grocery stores and pharmacies are limited to 75% capacity and should encourage curbside pick up

Retail stores and malls (indoor and outdoor) are limited to 75% capacity and should encourage curbside pick up

Must Close

Gyms and fitness organizations

Indoor recreational facilities, museums, indoor entertainment activities, and indoor pools and sports courts

Zoos, gardens, aquariums, outdoor entertainment activities, and outdoor pools

Venues that host or facilitate indoor or outdoor events


The Two-Week Freeze does not apply to or change current health and safety protocols for...

Congregate homeless sheltering, youth programs, childcare, K-12 schools, and higher education -- all of which can continue operating under previous guidance issued by the Oregon Health Authority.

Effective 12/3: Oregon’s Risk and Protection Framework

This new health and safety framework uses four different risk levels for counties based on their level of COVID-19 spread—Extreme Risk, High Risk, Moderate Risk, and Lower Risk—effective December 3.

On Monday, November 30, the Oregon Health Authority will reexamine county data to determine which counties qualify for each risk level on December 3, following the end of the 2-Week Freeze. In each subsequent two-week period, the Oregon Health Authority will examine and publish county data weekly, but county risk levels will not change until the end of the second week. In the first week, counties will be given Warning Week data to prepare for potential risk level changes. In the second week, county risk levels will be updated based on that week’s data. More detailed information will be posted before December 3.

Guidance by Activity (Table)

mask icon  Face Coverings Required Statewide

Masks are required statewide at all times unless you are:

  • At your own residence.
  • In your own personal vehicle.
  • Under five (5) years of age.
  • Eating or drinking.
  • Engaged in an activity that makes wearing a mask, face covering or face shield not feasible, such as when taking a shower.
  • Sleeping.
  • In a private, individual workspace.
  • Removing the mask briefly because your identity needs to be confirmed by visual comparison, such as at a bank or if interacting with law enforcement.

  • If you have a medical condition that makes it hard to breathe or a disability that prevents you from wearing a mask, you can request an accommodation from the business or venue or transit authority.

OHA does not recommend wearing a plastic face shield alone. While face shields can be very good at blocking droplets, they are not as good at stopping aerosols that can go around the shield. OHA recommends face shields only be used on a limited basis, for example when talking to someone who is deaf or hard of hearing and needs to read lips to communicate.

Get more mask information



Statewide Guidance

Guidance for statewide freeze:




Latest Video

Press Briefing with Gov. Kate Brown, November 25, 2020 (LIVE)

Past Videos

Governor Brown holding a mask with a sign language interpreter behind her.
November 13, 2020 Press Conference

Statewide update
Watch November 13, 2020 Press Conference video

Governor Brown holding a mask with a sign language interpreter behind her.
November 10, 2020 Press Conference

Statewide update
Watch November 10, 2020 Press Conference video

Governor Brown holding a mask with a sign language interpreter behind her.
November 6, 2020 Press Conference

Statewide update
Watch November 6, 2020 Press Conference video

Governor Brown holding a mask with a sign language interpreter behind her.
October 30, 2020 Press Conference

Statewide update
Watch October 30, 2020 Press Conference video

Governor Brown holding a mask with a sign language interpreter behind her.
September 4, 2020 Press Conference

Statewide update
Watch September 4, 2020 Press Conference video

Governor Kate Brown holding a mask with one sign language interpreter standing behind her.
July 28, 2020 Press Conference

Statewide update
Watch July 28, 2020 Press Conference video

Governor Kate Brown holding a mask with one sign language interpreter standing behind her.
July 22, 2020 Press Conference

Statewide update
Watch July 22, 2020 Press Conference video

Governor Kate Brown holding a mask with one sign language interpreter standing behind her.
July 13, 2020 Press Conference

Statewide update
Watch July 13, 2020 Press Conference video

Governor Kate Brown holding a mask with two sign language interpreters standing behind her.
June 18, 2020 Press Conference

Statewide update
Watch June 18, 2020 Press Conference video

Gina Zejdlik, Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Brown, explains how Oregon counties can move into Phase II.
Oregon Moves into Phase 2

Phase 2 Explained
Watch the Oregon Moves into Phase 2 video

Governor Kate Brown presenting at the June 12th press conference with two sign language interpretors in the background
June 12, 2020 Press Conference

Phase 2 Update
Watch the May 14, 2020 press conference video

Governor Kate Brown presenting at the May 14th press conference with a sign language interpretor in the background
May 14, 2020 Press Conference

Select Counties Enter Phase 1
Watch the May 14, 2020 press conference video

Governor Kate Brown presenting at the May 7th press conference with a sign language interpretor in the background
May 7, 2020 Press Conference

Plan for Reopening Oregon
Watch the May 14, 2020 press conference video

Governor Kate Brown presenting at the June 3rd press conference with a chart and two sign language interpretors in the background
Presentation on Phases for Reopening Oregon

Details on restarting life & business
Watch overview video




Answers & Resources by Topic

Answers & Resources by Topic


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Health & Safety

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, call your doctor or dial 211. Reduce the spread of coronavirus by staying home, washing your hands, and covering your cough with an elbow. In public, observe social distancing by staying six feet from others.

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Education & Childcare

By working together we can reduce the spread of disease, allow more students and staff to return to school with lower risk. K-12 schools are moving out of comprehensive distance learning according to metrics. College and university curriculum is mostly online with some in-person options. Currently child care facilities are open, prioritizing the children of frontline workers.




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For Workers

Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits are available to workers who have had hours reduced or been furloughed or laid off. Oregon law guarantees employees access to sick leave (which can be used to care for sick family or child care during closures).

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For Employers

Access assistance programs via the Small Business Navigator to help reduce the financial impact on your business. There is a 90-day moratorium on commercial evictions for nonpayment. Social distancing is recommended for all workers and patrons.




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For Seniors

Oregonians who are 65 years and up are in a higher-risk group and need to take increased precautions to avoid COVID-19. Find recommendations here for those providing care to seniors as well.

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For Immigrants & Refugees

The public charge has been lifted for COVID-19. There will be no charge for getting tested or treated for COVID-19, even if you do not have insurance. Find more answers and resources here in 11 languages.




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Housing & Homelessness

Residential evictions have been halted through June 19th, and there can’t be fees for nonpayment. Contact your landlord or mortgage lender if you will not be able to make payments. If you need to find a shelter, call 211.

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Other Resources

Miscellaneous resources, including myth-busting, accessing programs like food banks and free internet, and ways you can safely volunteer to help support your local community.




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Federal Updates

Find what the federal government, including the President, Congress, & federal agencies, are doing to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. and to lessen its impact.

Gov. Kate Brown speaking at podium with documents on desk

Executive Orders

Read the full text of all of the Governor’s Executive Orders related to coronavirus, including their translations available in eleven languages.

  • Executive Order 20-65
    Temporary Freeze to Address Surge in COVID-19 Cases in Oregon
  • Executive Order 20-59
    Fourth Extension of Executive Order 20-03 and COVID-19 State of Emergency
  • Executive Order 20-58
    Enhanced Health and Safety Requirements for Certain Employer-Provided Housing During Agricultural Off Season in Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak