If you’ve been keeping track of the current coronavirus climate in Oregon lately, you’ll know that the trending spread of the virus hasn’t slowed or peaked yet. However, with major economic impacts getting too large to overcome, states all over the country are clawing their way back open.
Oregon, which has approved most of its counties to enter Phase One of their reopening plan, is trying to find the right balance between open and safe.
Heading into the Memorial Day long weekend, Oregon leaders have publically reached out to the citizens of the state, urging them to keep things local to prevent new hurdles in this battle against the pandemic.
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From Governor Kate Brown, and cosigned by 26 mayors from Oregon, the plea comes on the heels of the first big travel holiday of the season.
“Phase One counties worked hard to make sure they have the hospital capacity to treat COVID-19 patients from their communities, and the ability to test, trace, and isolate new cases,” reads the announcement. “But those resources will be quickly overwhelmed if visitors flood Oregon’s reopened communities this weekend.”
This Memorial Day Weekend, please be a good neighbor by staying local, staying safe, and supporting your local businesses. Thanks for helping to keep Oregonians healthy and safe. pic.twitter.com/l4qvQ5CttR
— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) May 22, 2020
A FAQ page on MyOregon.com breaks down Oregon’s idea of what to do this weekend. Avoiding larger gatherings, but hosting small BBQs instead. Not traveling to the Gorge, rather, finding a local hiking trail near your home to find some time outside.
“Together we are asking all Oregonians to please keep it local this Memorial Day. Be good neighbors this weekend – stay local and stay safe,” reads the Oregon Gov letter. “If you love the coast, stay home for now and plan your trip in the summer. If you love the Columbia Gorge, keep it local this weekend and visit later on. If you love Central Oregon, it’ll still be there in a few weeks.”
“This Memorial Day weekend, a backyard barbecue or a small family gathering is the best way to stay healthy as we build a safe and strong Oregon. If you want to get outdoors, find a place to hike or bike or paddle close to home. And, please, wear a face covering when you are around others.”