Monday, March 16, 2020

Gov. Brown Announces Statewide Social Distancing Measures

Governor Brown announced at a press conference this afternoon that she is working to implement a variety of measures aimed at addressing the COVID-19 outbreak across the state. Among these measures is an executive order, which goes into effect tomorrow, March 17th, prohibiting events with more than 25 attendees and requiring establishments that serve food to end dine-in service and only offer takeout or delivery. She has exempted grocery stores, pharmacies, retail stores, and workplaces from the order, but urges non-essential businesses that are unable to accommodate social distancing to close their doors to customers. She also asks Oregon residents not to gather in groups of more than 10 people. In addition, Brown is convening a Coronavirus Economic Advisory Council to limit price gouging for essential items, and a joint task force that will allow all Metro hospitals to operate as a single system.

Watch the video of Governor Brown's press conference here.

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