Governor Kate Brown’s order is now in effect. Here is what you need to know:
What businesses are open?
What businesses are closed?
- Grocery, healthcare, medical, and pharmacy services. Grocery and pharmacy are not required to enforce the social distancing requirement, but need to do the best they can under the circumstances to remain open.
- Restaurant and bars may continue to offer take out.
The order requires non-essential businesses to close beginning Tuesday:
- Recreational – amusement parks, bowling alleys, skating rinks, non-tribal card rooms, hookah bars, ski resorts
- Non-essential retail – cosmetics stores, toy stores, gift shops, furniture stores
- Personal services – barber shops, salons, spas, tattoo parlors, tanning salons, gyms and athletic clubs
- Arts and entertainment – theaters, museums, galleries
- Social gathering spaces – fraternal organizations facilities, senior activity centers, social and private clubs, indoor party spaces
- Indoor and outdoor malls - unless they provide food, grocery, healthcare, medical, pharmacy, or pet services.
*Subject to approval by the Governor, OHA has the authority to determine if additional business closures are necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19.
What happens for non-retail/non-service industry businesses?
Are government buildings open?
- Businesses that don’t regularly interact directly with the public are not required to close under the new stay-at-home order, but they do face closure if they don’t take steps to ensure the safety of their workforce and avoid the at-work spread of COVID-19.
- If working from home is not an option, these businesses must designate a person on staff to establish and enforce social distancing practices in the office.
Will childcare be available to those who have to work?
- Effective March 25: All state executive branch offices and buildings shall close to the public and provide services by phone and online during regular business hours. In-person interactions should be scheduled by appointment.
- Does not apply to offices and buildings owned or occupied by the legislative and judicial branches, federal government, local governments, and tribal governments.
How will this be enforced?
- Childcare facilities can remain open if they comply with new guidelines for operation. First the facilities are required to prioritize care from children of first responders and health care professionals. Children in the facilities must be placed into isolated groups of 10 or fewer children and not be allowed to mix with other groups. The children must be in the same groups each day.
- People violating the order can be charged with a Class C misdemeanor – punishable by up to 30 days in jail and $1,250 fine.