Oregon’s New Measures to Slow COVID-19
Oregon’s governor Kate Brown announced two major efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state on November 13. These measures impact businesses, locals and visitors to our area.
A statewide “freeze” is the newest measure to slow the spread of COVID-19. The freeze limits or closes certain businesses and activities in Oregon. It is in effect from at least November 18 to December 2.
Changes during this period include limiting restaurants, bars and wineries to delivery and takeout only, retail capacity to 75 percent and faith gatherings and other indoor crowds to 25 people. Gyms, indoor recreation facilities, museums, zoos, gardens and outdoor entertainment facilities must temporarily close. Read more >>>
Social gatherings are also limited to six people from a maximum of two households.
West Coast Travel Quarantine
Brown, along with the governors of California and Washington, also announced a travel advisory which includes the recommendation to self-quarantine for 14 days upon traveling entering the state. Persons arriving in Oregon from other states or countries, including returning Oregon residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. These persons should limit their interactions to their immediate household. This recommendation does not apply to individuals who cross state or country borders for essential travel.
Non-essential travel: Includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature
Essential travel: Includes travel for work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security
During this time, we invite locals and anyone who finds themselves in Tualatin Valley to support small businesses with takeout, online orders and curbside pickup. Contact businesses to find out what’s available.
Information about the Coronavirus
- COVID-19 is an infection caused by a new coronavirus. Symptoms include fever, coughing and shortness of breath. It is spread through contact with a person who is sick with COVID-19.
- Anyone can get sick but older adults and people with underlying medical conditions may have more severe symptoms.
- There is no vaccine yet. Experts say the best way to stay safe and healthy is to avoid close contact with others.
- Wearing a face covering can prevent droplets from spreading.
- Washing hands for at least 20 seconds and disinfecting surfaces helps prevent the spread.
- Social or physical distancing is staying at least 6 feet apart from people outside your household.
- Travel is not recommended by if you intend to leave your local community, the CDC has guidance.