A new state-wide “freeze” aims to educate and reach more Oregonians than simple procedures would.
Revealed Friday by Oregon Governor Kate Brown, the new regulations are meant to decrease interactions among Oregonians.
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The two-week freeze will take effect on November 18 and extend until at least December 2. During these two weeks, all restaurants and bars will be limited to takeout only, all gyms will close, and retail, grocery, and pharmacies will be limited to 75% capacity. Religious spaces will be limited to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.
Although city parks and playgrounds will remain open, all outdoor recreational facilities, zoos, gardens, and entertainment venues will be forced to shut.
In addition, visits at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are prohibited, and social gatherings, whether indoors or out, will be capped to no more than six people from two households.
“Maybe we thought the fight was over, but it’s not,” said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the state epidemiologist, in a press conference. “This is likely the most dangerous time in Oregon.”