Kate Brown orders restaurants, gyms, and more businesses to close to public in light of Covid-19

In light of the rising Covid-19 cases across the nation, Oregon governor Kate Brown has ordered on Friday a two week ‘freeze’ to slow the spread of the virus. According to the Statesman Journal, gyms, museums, outdoor recreational facilities are to be closed to the public. Brown is also limiting capacity at grocery stores, pharmacies and retail stores, as well as limiting indoor and outdoor social get-togethers.

The restrictions are reported to run from November 18 through December 2, with Thanksgiving included.

“These risk reduction measures are critical in limiting the spread of COVID-19, reducing risk in communities more vulnerable to serious illness and death, and helping conserve hospital capacity so that all Oregonians can continue to have access to quality care,” Brown said in a news release.

The measures include:

  • Limiting social get-togethers (indoors and outdoors) to no more than six people, total, from no more than two households.
  • Limiting restaurants and bars to take-out only.
  • Closing gyms and fitness organizations.
  • Closing indoor recreational facilities, museums, indoor entertainment activities, and indoor pools and sports courts.
  • Closing outdoor recreational facilities, zoos, gardens, aquariums, outdoor entertainment activities, and outdoor pools.
  • Limiting grocery stores and pharmacies to a maximum of 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pick-up.
  • Limiting retail stores and retail malls (indoor and outdoor) to a maximum of 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pick-up.
  • Closing venues that host or facilitate indoor or outdoor events.
  • Limiting faith-based organizations to a maximum of 25 people indoors or 50 people outdoors.
  • Requiring all businesses to mandate work-from-home to the greatest extent possible and closing offices to the public.
  • Prohibiting indoor visiting in long-term care facilities.

At the time of writing this, it appears personal services such as salons, homeless shelters, childcare, youth programs, K-12 schools and sports or higher education are not effected by the closures.