Stay Home, Save Lives

Stay Home, Save Lives

On March 23, 2020, Governor Kate Brown issued "Stay Home, Save Lives" to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. You can read the entire Executive Order→. Read below and view this simple graphic→ for some of the key points.

Please scroll down for instructions on reporting a possible violation.

Basic Guidelines for Individuals

  1. To the greatest extent possible, individuals must stay at home or at their place of residence.

  2. Social and recreational gatherings outside of a home or place of residence (e.g., parties, celebrations, or other similar gatherings and events) are prohibited, regardless of size, if a distance of at least six feet between people cannot be maintained.

  3. When you need to leave your home or residence, maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from any person who is not a member of your immediate household.

Outdoor Recreation and Travel

  1. You may go outside for recreational activities such as walking, hiking and cycling. You must limit those activities to non-contact. As always, you must maintain six feet or more between people outside of your household.

  2. All private and public campgrounds are to close immediately. This order does not prohibit camp hosts or veterans from remaining in state campgrounds, nor does it extend to RV parks and other housing.

  3. All pools, skate parks, outdoor sports courts and playground equipment areas are closed.

  4. You must minimize travel, other than:

  • Essential travel to or from a home, residence or workplace

  • For obtaining or providing food, shelter, essential consumer needs, education, health care or emergency services

  • For essential business and government services

  • For the care of family members, household members, elderly persons, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons, pets or livestock

Business Closures

  1. The order prohibits these businesses from operating until further notice: Amusement parks; aquariums; arcades; art galleries; barber shops and hair salons; bowling alleys; cosmetic stores; dance studios; esthetician practices; fraternal organization facilities; furniture stores; gyms and fitness studios; hookah bars; indoor and outdoor malls; indoor party places; jewelry shops and boutiques; medical spas, facial spas, day spas, and non-medical massage therapy services; museums; nail and tanning salons; non-tribal card rooms; skating rinks; senior activity centers; ski resorts; social and private clubs; tattoo/piercing parlors; tennis clubs; theaters; yoga studios; and youth clubs.
  2. Restaurants remain subject to Executive Order 20-07, which prohibits eating or drinking on site, but allows take-out and delivery.
  3. Businesses that sell or provide groceries, pet supplies, health care, medical or pharmacy services may remain open if they can comply with social distancing guidelines. So can other businesses NOT listed in (1) above, as long as they comply with social distancing guidelines.

Still confused about whether you can remain open or must close? Take the quiz on this page→ (You'll need to scroll down to the "Am I an essential business" box to find the quiz.)

Workplace Restrictions

  1. All businesses and nonprofits shall have employees work from home to the maximum extent possible.

  2. When work-from-home options are not available, businesses and nonprofits must designate an employee to establish, implement and enforce social distancing policies.

Child Care Facilities

Child care facilities are allowed to remain open if they meet these requirements:

  1. Child care must be carried out in maximum stable groups of 10 or fewer children and in a classroom that cannot be accessed by children outside the stable group. "Stable" means the same 10 or fewer children are in the same group each day,
  2. Facilities must give priority to the child care needs of first responders, emergency workers, health care professionals, followed by critical operations staff and essential personnel.

    If you are one of these essential workers and need child care, contact 211:
  • Call 211. Listen for the prompt for Child Care and press the number given.
  • Text the keyword "children" or "niños" to 898211.
  • Email children@211info@org

To Report a Possible Violation

EMPLOYEES: If you believe your employer is in violation of Executive Order 20-12→, you can file a complaint on OSHA’s website→ This is OSHA's general complaint form. Even though it doesn't say anything about COVID-19, this is the correct place to file your complaint.

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