After a recent announcement of a statewide Two-Week Freeze on Oregon, Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-65, outlining risk reduction measures.
“I know Oregonians have made tremendous sacrifices throughout this pandemic and that these new, temporary restrictions may seem daunting,” said Governor Brown. “But, we are at a breaking point. If we don’t take further action, we risk continued alarming spikes in infections and hospitalizations, and we risk the lives of our neighbors and loved ones.
“I also know that Oregonians come together in times of need, and we owe it to each other to take these measures seriously. It is up to all of us to work together to get this virus under control.”
Executive Order 20-65 addresses the following in detail:
• Limiting at-home and social gatherings, as well as faith institutions
• Limiting the maximum capacity for grocery stores, pharmacies, and retail stores
• Restricting food and drink establishments to take-out only
• Requiring workplaces to mandate work-from-home as much as possible
• Closing certain businesses, including gyms, museums, zoos, and indoor recreation facilities
As with the Governor’s previous executive orders related to COVID-19, all of the freeze measures are enforceable by law upon both individuals and businesses. However, the Governor is urging voluntary compliance. These measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 are a necessity to give Oregon a fighting chance to flatten the curve and save lives.
In an interview with KGW8 Friday, when asked about whether residents should call the police on their neighbors over violating the latest “protocols” in their own home, Brown responded, “This is no different than what happens if there’s a party down the street and it’s keeping everyone awake.
“What do neighbors do in that case? They call law enforcement because it’s too noisy. This is just like that. It’s like a violation of a noise ordinance.”
In other words…Yes.