Today, July 22nd, Governor Brown announced new statewide safety mandates in response to COVID-19 cases continuing to increase throughout Oregon.
Effective this Friday, July 24th, the following mandates will be in effect:
- Face coverings are now required for children age five and up in all indoor public spaces and outdoor spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained;
- Throughout Oregon and regardless of what phase the county is in, restaurants and bars must close at 10PM;
- The exception for face coverings is now eliminated for exercise. With that, face coverings are now required when exercising indoors, and while exercising outdoors where physical distance cannot be maintained;
- Capacity for larger venues, including but not limited to restaurants, churches, and movie theaters, is now reduced from 250 to 100 people total, including staff.
In addition to the new mandates, Governor Brown stated outdoor visits are now allowed for residents in long-term care facilities where there are no COVID-19 cases. Moreover, Governor Brown stated tourism guidelines and restrictions are in the works, including potentially restricting tourist travel into Oregon from states with high COVID-19 cases and potentially implementing mandatory quarantine for individuals coming into Oregon from hotspots.
Governor Brown also mentioned that schools will not look normal this upcoming school year, as many districts and counties will focus on online distance learning or a hybrid model with limited in-person classroom time. The Oregon Department of Education will release updated guidance later this afternoon.
Cascade will continue to monitor this ever-changing landscape. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.