PORTLAND, Ore. – At a press briefing Friday evening, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced plans to implement a ‘Stay at Home’ order starting next week. While no official order was made Friday night by Governor Brown, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury the three said they were working on details, which the state planned on announcing Monday, March 23, 2020.
“I’m directing Oregonians tonight to stay home, stay healthy. It’s both an order and public health directive,” stated the Governor.
It remained unclear if the coming stay at home order would impact all of Oregon, or specifically hard hit areas.
Officials did say the order would look similar to the one enacted in California. In California, several businesses are closed including bars, nightclubs, gyms, convention centers, dine-in restaurants, and entertainment venues.
While Governor Kate Brown did not elaborate much on which businesses would be asked to close under an Oregon stay at home order, she did share praise for theaters and gyms which have already elected to close in an effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
In the meantime, Governor Brown reiterated her recommendation to all Oregonians to stay at home through the weekend, urging people to only go out for essential business such as picking up a prescriptions or groceries.
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