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Executive order imposes stricter social distancing protocols, closes more businesses

PMG PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Gov. Kate Brown's is order directs all to stay home unless they are getting groceries, going to work or engaged in important activities that cannot wait.Following pressure from leaders across the state, Gov. Kate Brown is ordering Oregonians to stay home unless they are getting groceries, going to work or engaged in important activities that cannot wait.

"I am issuing a new executive order further requiring social distancing measures because we know this is the most effective way to flatten the curve and slow the spread of (novel coronavirus)," Gov. Brown said in a statement. "I hope everyone in Oregon abides by its core message: stay home unless absolutely necessary."

The Stay Home to Stay Healthy Executive Order, put into effect Monday morning, March 23, closed more businesses, imposed penalties for failing to comply and required that open businesses enforce social distancing guidelines.

The city of Sandy has posted on Facebook a list of local restaurants still offering takeout to encourage people to still support those businesses and has closed all facilities to the public.

The Sandy City Council has set up a Zoom video conferencing account to stream council meetings in a way that makes them accessible for public comment.

The first of their virtual meetings is at 6 p.m. today (Monday, March 23) and the agenda and link to join are both online at bit.ly/sandycitycouncil3-23.

"When both President Trump and Governor Brown agree that something is serious, I think all of us must take note," said Sandy Mayor Stan Pulliam. "I agree with Governor Brown's order and thank her for listening to leaders from all over Oregon. These measures are vitally important to flatten the curve and provide our hospital system with much needed relief. When this pandemic is done, we need to have a nuanced conversation on the cost/benefit analysis of whether or not shutting down our local economies has been worth it."mbers

With the order, all non-essential social and recreational gatherings of individuals are prohibited, regardless of size, if a distance of at least six feet cannot be maintained. Gatherings of members of the same household are permitted.

All shopping at specific categories of retail businesses, for which close personal contact is difficult to avoid, is prohibited. That includes arcades, barber shops, hair salons, gyms and fitness studios, skating rinks, theaters, and yoga studios.

Businesses not closed must implement social distancing policies to remain open, and requires workplaces to implement teleworking and work-at-home options when possible.

Oregonians are told to stay home whenever possible, while permitting activities outside the home when social distance is maintained. Playgrounds, sports courts and skate parks have all been closed.

There are also new guidelines for child care facilities, setting limits and rules on the amounts of children allowed in care.

Failure to comply with the stay home order will be considered an immediate danger to public health and lead to a Class C misdemeanor.

"This order is designed to flatten the curve over the coming weeks, preserving scarce hospital space and equipment. It will also ensure that any place of business that remains operational does its part to enforce social distancing rules," Gov. Brown said. "It is designed to be more sustainable over time, to allow Oregonians to keep their jobs when their work does not add to the growth of COVID-19 in Oregon."

Read the full details on all the businesses listed in the executive order at go.aws/2QECucS


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