Executive Order: Stay Home Except for Essential Needs
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.
For more information, read the latest press release. To read the summary in Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Chinese, or Somali, visit My Oregon News.
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.
Allowed (must keep 6 feet from others)
Hospitals and health care
Banks and Credit Unions
Take-out/delivery from restaurants and bars
Certain retail stores
Outdoor activities like walking your dog, jogging, or biking in your neighborhood
Child care facilities and babysitters (only if abiding by new rules)
Social gatherings (parties, celebrations) with people from outside of your household
Dine-in restaurants and bars
Nightclubs and concerts
Shopping at outdoor or indoor malls and retail complexes
Fitness: Gyms, sports and fitness centers, health clubs, and exercise studios, dance and yoga studios
Grooming: Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, day spas and massage services, non-medical wellness spas, cosmetic stores, tattoo parlors
Entertainment: Theaters, amusement parks, arcades, bowling alleys, music concerts, sporting events, museums, skating rinks
Outdoors: State parks, playgrounds, campgrounds, pools, skate parks, festivals
Am I an essential business?
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.
Governor Brown has directed businesses to close if they are unable to maintain social distancing protocol. If a business can maintain social distancing, AND it is not in any of the categories listed in Executive Order 20-12, the business may continue operating while adhering to social distancing protocol.