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Special session on the horizon to address economic hardships hitting Oregonians

In case you missed it, Governor Kate Brown has enacted new rules in regards to the coronavirus. All that is posted below is effective from March 17 for four weeks:

• The practice of social distancing is now 25 persons (most stores including grocers and pharmacies will be exempt).

COURTESY PHOTO - District 25 Rep. Bill Post.• Restaurants must do carry out or delivery only with NO dine in or on site consumption (non compliance will lead to a Class C Misdemeanor).

• All businesses should evaluate social distancing practices.

• A committee/group will be formed for mitigation of economic impact of these decisions. Gov. Brown says she's convening a council on economic relief for those affected by covid19: "We want to make sure Oregon families have the resources they need to pay rent/mortgage, and purchase essentials."

• Metro area hospitals will act as a unified health system to increase bed capacity and private entities will be opened for bed capacity. As for schools: Gov. Brown previously ordered schools closed through March 31. She now says she's "reevaluating" the length of that, considering her cancellation of gatherings of 25+ for four weeks. Also, Gov. Brown says she'll likely call a special session in the next few weeks to address economic impacts already hitting Oregonians. As a legislator that concerns me with "social distancing" measures in effect so if we do meet, I would hope it's by teleconference or otherwise remotely.

I absolutely realize the impact this will have on ALL Oregonians but especially those in the food services industry. For quick updates regarding COVID-19, follow my Facebook page. I will continue to do my best to keep you up to date as I learn more.

President Trump today said "10" was the social distancing that the CDC recommends and that he believes this will not be over until July or August. So my friends, get used to spending time with your immediate family, stay home, when out stay 6 feet away from everyone, wash your hands, sterilize everything! These are scary times. It helps my anxieties when I remember to place my trust in the Lord. Philippians 4:6-7. Be safe out there and remember to be a good neighbor.

— Bill Post is the Republican Representative of District 25, which includes St. Paul, Keizer, Newberg and the French Prairie region west of I-5.


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