Governor Kate Brown: Stay Home Unless Absolutely Necessary

EDITOR’S NOTE: This provides another summary of the Governor’s Order. Please note that in addition, the Tillamook County Board of Commissioners took action on Sunday March 22nd, closing all of Tillamook County’s short-term rentals, campgrounds, hotels/motels, parks, parking lots, beach accesses, and boat ramps – Resolution 20-006.
YOU CAN STILL WALK ON THE BEACH and access trails, etc. this action was necessary to discourage visitors from using these facilities. Please comply with these orders, so we can all stay healthy!

Yesterday, Governor Kate Brown issued a new executive order that tightens social distancing measures, with updated orders for individuals, businesses, public organizations, and outdoor spaces to prevent COVID-19 spread.

This new executive order further requires social distancing measures because we know this is the most effective way to flatten the curve and slow the spread of this virus. The core message is simple: stay home unless absolutely necessary.
While the order does not apply to local, federal, or tribal governments, governments are strongly encouraged to follow these directives.
The Order includes the following provisions:
•All non-essential social and recreational gatherings of individuals are prohibited immediately, regardless of size, if a distance of at least six feet between individuals cannot be maintained. Gatherings of members of the same residential household are permitted.

•It closes and prohibits shopping at specific categories of retail businesses, for which close personal contact is difficult to avoid, such as arcades, barber shops, hair salons, gyms and fitness studios, skating rinks, theaters, and yoga studios.

•It requires businesses not closed by the order to implement social distancing policies in order to remain open, and requires workplaces to implement teleworking and work-at-home options when possible.

•It directs Oregonians to stay home whenever possible, while permitting activities outside the home when social distance is maintained.

•It closes playgrounds, sports courts, and skate parks, among other types of outdoor recreation facilities. Those that remain open are required to strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines.

•It outlines new guidelines for child care facilities, setting limits and rules on amounts of children allowed in care, and outlining that child care groups may not change participants.

•Failure to comply with the order will be considered an immediate danger to public health and subject to a Class C misdemeanor.

The Business list includes:
•Shopping: Outdoor and indoor malls and retail complexes, although individual types of businesses not subject to the measures may stay open.
•Fitness: Gyms, sports and fitness centers, health clubs, and exercise studios
•Grooming: Barbershops, beauty and nail salons, and non-medical wellness spas
•Entertainment: Theaters, amusement parks, arcades, bowling alleys, and pool halls

Read the full details on all businesses listed in the executive order.