Kate Brown, Oregon Governor, speaks in Portland, Ore on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.
Cathy Cheney | Portland Business Journal | AP
Oregon governor Kate Brown on Friday announced a “two-week freeze” on most activity and non-essential business across the state to curb what she called the “alarming spike” in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.
The new restrictions, which begin Wednesday and run through December 2nd, restrict restaurants to take-away service only. limits retailers, grocery stores, and pharmacies to 75% capacity; includes gyms, fitness centers, and indoor and outdoor event centers; limits participation in places of worship and requires other companies to work remotely as much as possible, Brown said at a press conference.
“A week ago, I announced a two-week break in social activities to help slow the spread of Covid-19 in several of our counties across the state,” Brown said. “Unfortunately, we have seen an alarming increase and Covid-19 hospital stays in both cases since then.”
Brown also urged all residents to wear a mask all the time indoors and outdoors, except when eating and drinking.
“The evidence is very, very clear that masks save lives,” she said.
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