As the world economy continues to nosedive in light of COVID-19, Oregon’s governor Kate Brown has made the decision to ban bars and dine-in service at restaurants for the long run. Brown announced yesterday the ban is indefinite, as she is officially extending a March 17 order limiting eateries to take-out service only. That order was set to lapse on April 15.
Brown feels at this time it would be irresponsible to lift the ban while Oregon continues to the stay home order while fighting the coronavirus outbreak. Those restaurants and bars who choose not to comply with Brown’s orders face the risk of being charged with misdemeanor criminal charges.
Recently Gov. Brown said she wanted to see a period of no deaths for 10 days or two weeks, and for Oregon to having the testing capacity “to test and do surveillance in communities around the state” before lifting restrictions on businesses. She feels at this time this is most likely weeks away.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Oregon state and local health officials reported 1,181 known coronavirus cases with 33 known deaths in the state related to the virus.