Following in the steps of multiple states across the nation, and in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced a similar stay at home order Friday night at a press conference in Multnomah County. Brown is calling the order “Stay Home, Stay Healthy”.
“I’m directing Oregonians tonight to stay home, stay healthy. It’s both an order and public health directive,” stated Brown.
While the order is not a full lockdown at the time of writing this, it is meant to encourage Oregonians to stay at home unless required to go to work, go to the grocery store, or go outside to exercise. Governor Brown, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury said they were working on detail for an official order to be announced Monday, March 23, 2020.
— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) March 21, 2020
When the governor was asked about the “order” by a member of the press, Brown backed off from the concept altogether.
“At this point in time, I am not planning an additional statewide order or directive,” she said.