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In response to a rapid increase in COVID-19 positivity rates across Oregon State, Governor Kate Brown has announced a statewide Two Week Freeze, effective Wednesday November 18 through December 2nd. Multnomah County will be on freeze for 4 weeks, through December 16th. Other counties may have their freeze time extended based on the efficacy of this initial freeze in reducing the spread of COVID-19.
Watch Governor Kate Brown's Press Conference from November 13th, announcing the Two Week Freeze.
This order is similar to the earlier "Stay Home, Save Lives" orders and it can be helpful to think of those protocols in determining safe activities now.
- Limit social gatherings to no more than 6 people from no more than two households, applies to indoor and outdoor gatherings
- Limit faith based organizations to a maximum of 25 people indoors or 50 outdoors with social distancing guidelines in place
- No visitation to long term care facilities
- Businesses are strongly encouraged to return to work from home wherever possible and to close offices to the public.
- Restaurants switch to take out and delivery only
- Grocery stores and pharmacies are limited to 75% capacity and should encourage curbside pickup
- Retail stores & malls are limited to 75% capacity and should encourage curbside pickup
- Gyms & Fitness centers
- Indoor recreational facilities, indoor entertainment activities, museums, 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 impact personal services (such as barber shops, hair salons, and non-medical massage therapy) and congregate homeless sheltering. Youth programs may operate in spaces closed due to the freeze, but may not operate the activities that would close the space, for example if a youth book club meets in a gym facility they may continue to use that space for book club activities However a youth fitness group in the same space is prohibited from utilizing gym equipment. Please see below for further guidance on youth programs.
- Masks, Face Coverings & Face Shields
- Outdoor Recreation
- Retail Stores
- Outdoor K-12 Sports
- Collegiate, Semi Professional and Minor League Sports
- Restaurants, Bars, Breweries, Brewpubs, Wineries, Tasting Rooms & Distilleries
- Personal Services
- Youth Programs
For unnamed industries or concerns, please visit the Governor's COVID-19 website for guidance specific to your industry. For further guidance on K-12 schools, please visit the Oregon Department of Education which includes metrics for operations, individual district plans and weekly school status changes.
Oregon, California and Washington have issued travel advisories asking that visitors entering these states or residents returning from outside these states to self quarantine for 14 days in an effort to slow the dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases. Non essential travel is discouraged and residents are encouraged to stay local. Essential travel is defined as travel for work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.