Oregon is going on its strictest set of restrictions since the March stay-home order. Gov. Kate Brown
announced Friday, Nov. 13, that the state would once again close some businesses and restrict social
gatherings to stem the spread of coronavirus.
The order, which takes effect Wednesday, Nov. 18, limits bars and restaurants to takeout dining, closes
gyms, and bans indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than six people from two different households,
limits capacity at grocery stores and pharmacies, and restricts churches and faith groups to gatherings no
larger than 25 people.
The partial lockdown or so-called “freeze” remains in place until Dec. 2. In a press conference
announcing the order, Brown noted that some counties would stay in the freeze longer.
“We are trying to stop this ferocious virus from spreading even more quickly and far wide, and to save
lives,” Brown said.
The new restrictions followed a week in which Oregon broke its single-day record for COVID-19 cases
and hospitalizations. Washington and California are also taking action, joining Brown in asking those
who travel between any of the three states to self-quarantine for two weeks.
The governor has made numerous warnings about the possibility of bringing more broad restrictions if it
becomes necessary, but has said she is trying to balance the state’s economic needs with health
The freeze doesn’t apply to barber shops, hair salons or homeless shelters. Outdoor recreation and sports
programs such as college football games are also exempt, as are childcare programs and K-12 schools.
Grocery and retail stores will be limited to 75% occupancy.
Modeling released by the state shows coronavirus cases could remain near the current average of 900 a
day or spike to 1,500 in the weeks ahead. The accompanying report shows new software does not include
projections for severe, potentially fatal cases that would require hospitalization, according to