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Legislative/COVID update

November 13, 2020 2:24 PM | Mary Ann Gray (Administrator)

During the lunch hour today (11/13), the governor issued a statewide two-week freeze due to the recent spike in COVID-19 activity. The two-week freeze will be in effect from November 18th through December 2nd, though it was mentioned Multnomah County will be under these new guidelines for the next four weeks. State officials said these risk reduction measures are in an effort to limit further community spread and to aid in helping conserve hospital capacity.  

The freeze measures include:

  • Limit gatherings (indoors and outdoors) to no more than six people total, and from no more than two households.
  • Limit faith-based gatherings to a maximum of 25 people indoors, or 50 people outdoors.
  •  Restaurants and bars will be take-out only.
  • Gyms and fitness organizations will be closed
  • Indoor recreational facilities, museums, indoor entertainment activities, and indoor pools and sports courts will also be closed, along with outdoor recreational facilities, zoos, gardens, aquariums, outdoor entertainment activities, and outdoor pools.
  • Grocery stores and pharmacies will be set to a maximum of 75% capacity, along with retail stores and malls.
  • Urges businesses to work from home as much as possible
  • Prohibiting indoor visiting in long-term care facilities.

According to Governor Brown, the two-week freeze does not change current health and safety protocols for personal services such as barber shops, hair salons, and non-medical massage therapy as they can continue operating under previous guidance issued by the Oregon Health Authority.

It also does not effect congregate homeless sheltering, outdoor recreation and sports, youth programs, childcare, K-12 schools, K-12 sports currently allowed as well as current D.1 and professional athletic exemptions.

Sperate from this legislative days are coming up next month. In the past, this would last about three days, but to accommodate conducting legislative business remotely, will last two weeks.

Here are some of the upcoming dates of note:

  • December 7  LC Draft Return Deadline
  •  December 7-11th  Legislative Days  Senate Committees and Joint Transportation meet
  • December 15-18th  Legislative Days  House Committees and Joint I-5 Bridge Committee meet
  • December 21st  Pre-Session Filing Deadline  The Parliamentarians are working on an electronic process to sign bill backs. They will provide more information shortly.
  • January 11th  Organizational Days
  • January 19th  First Day of Session


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