As we reported recently, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown placed the entire state of Oregon under a two-week “freeze” on Friday to combat a spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. During a recent press conference, Brown made it clear she was not asking you to stop social gatherings, she is telling you. The governor has also threatened jail time or fines for those who violate the order.
In a statement on Tuesday, as reported by KEZI, Lebanon Mayor Paul Aziz criticized Brown’s decision to enact the two-week freeze. Aziz said, in light of Linn County having lower rates of infections, the governor “acted beyond her authority” and the impacts of the freeze will be “devastating to our community financially and on our citizens’ mental health.”
Azis made it clear city police will not be citing or arresting anyone who violates the orders in place by Brown. The small town, just southeast of Salem will be limiting some services involving public contact. The City Hall, library and police department will be closed.
“I do not agree with the forced closure of our economy and livelihood in our community. I ask that our community continue to support our local businesses. We need to lift up and support our local businesses, and that includes wearing a mask (whether or not you feel they work) when going into a business. Your refusal to do so at this point only serves to further punish our much-needed business community,” Aziz wrote.
The regulations ordered for the entire state of Oregon by Kate Brown include:
- Limiting restaurants and bars to take-out service only.
- Closing gyms and other indoor recreational facilities, museums, and indoor entertainment like theaters.
- Closing outdoor recreational facilities, zoos, gardens, and entertainment venues. City parks and playgrounds will remain open.
- Requiring all businesses to mandate that employees work from home when possible, and to close offices to the public.
- Limiting grocery and retail stores to 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pickup service.
- Prohibiting visits at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
- Limiting social get togethers, whether indoors or out, to no more than six people from two households.
- Limiting worship services to 25 people when indoors and 50 people when outdoors.
The new regulations have has sent shivers down the spines of business owners and Oregonians who are still struggling after six months of restrictions. If there is one thing for certain, many more businesses will be closing their doors permanently if they are not allowed to operate normally. This has put many business owners in an impossible situation, where they have received little to no help in paying their mounting bills after being forced to close down once already.
Oregon, we can do this.
The coming weeks are going to be tough.
We will get through this together. pic.twitter.com/IP7GKPR84d
— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) November 12, 2020
What is the World Health’s Organization’s position on ‘lockdowns’ as a way of fighting COVID-19? WHO envoy Dr. David Nabarro said such restrictive measures should only be treated as a last resort, the British magazine the Spectator reported in a video interview.
“We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus,” Nabarro said.
“The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we’d rather not do it.”
Head over to the Oregon Health Authority’s dedicated coronavirus page, which is updated regularly with new data on the spread of the disease. At the time of writing this, KGW reports 1,099 new cases of COVID-19 in Oregon on the first day of the statewide freeze. There are 406 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the state of Oregon, a record for the pandemic.
Here are a few other useful links, as provided by Portland Monthly: