On March 23, Gov. Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-12, effective immediately until further notice. This is a statewide order. Failure to comply with the order will be considered an immediate danger to public health.
In short, here is what is allowed and what is not. If you’re not sure about an activity, skip it. Staying at home as much as possible during this time will save lives.
Oregon has not issued an essential business list. The state, instead, has provided a list of business categories that should STOP OPERATING because the nature of these businesses makes it impossible to adhere to social distancing protocol.
Executive Order 20-12 lists specific categories of businesses that must be closed. Other retail businesses not on that list may continue operating, but only if they can maintain social distancing protocols. Additionally, Executive Order 20-12 does not apply to grocery stores, health care facilities, medical facilities, and pharmacies, but those facilities are encouraged to comply with social distancing protocols whenever possible.
Protect yourself and those around you from the spread of coronavirus by washing your hands, covering your cough with an elbow, and staying home if you feel sick. If you have symptoms of coronavirus, call your doctor or dial 211.
All gatherings over 25 people are canceled statewide through April 14, 2020. It's additionally recommended that Oregonians avoid gatherings of 10 people or more observe social distancing whenever possible, maintaining a distance of at least three feet from others. Oregon public schools are closed through April 28, 2020. Restaurants and bars are restricted to carry-out and delivery only. All other businesses are urged to assess their practices, implement strong social distancing measures, and close their doors temporarily if they cannot put the new guidance in place. All Oregon state parks are closed for day or overnight use.
Everyone should observe social distancing whenever possible, maintaining a distance of at least three feet from others.
In consideration of staffing challenges and health concerns due to coronavirus, Governor Kate Brown has announced a statewide closure of Oregon K-12 schools from Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, April 28. Oregon's colleges and universities will move their curriculum to online learning, prohibiting in-person classroom interactions through April 28.
Oregon law guarantees employees access to sick leave for themselves, to care for sick loved ones, or for child care during school/child care closures. Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits are available to most workers who are out of work through no fault of their own.
There are financial assistance programs to help reduce the financial impact on your business. Employers need to emphasize that employees should stay home when sick and to ensure workplace policies allow for sick leave. Social distancing is recommended for all Oregon workers and business patrons, which may include staggering work hours, encouraging telecommuting where possible, and providing cleaning supplies such as antibacterial soap, disinfecting wipes, and hand sanitizer.
Residential evictions have been halted through June 19th. Please contact your landlord or mortgage lender if you will not be able to make payments due to coronavirus. If you need to find a shelter, call 2-1-1.
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