New COVID-19 Social Distancing Measures in Place

Today Governor Kate Brown ordered the implementation of community social distancing measures, recommending cancellation of events hosting more than 10 persons in high risk populations. High risk populations include older adults and those with underlying health conditions, as well as individuals without stable housing. Underlying medical conditions that may increase the risk of serious COVID-19 for individuals of any age.  

The Governor has also ordered the implementation of community social distancing measures prohibiting large gatherings. This order applies to gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational activities. A mass gathering is a planned or spontaneous event with 250 or more people in attendance, such as concerts, festivals, conferences, worship services, and sporting events, and any similar events or activities.

An event is defined as any gathering in a space in which a distance of at least three feet between individuals cannot be maintained. This recommendation applies to gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational activities. This does not apply to school attendance, businesses, grocery and retail stores. Organizers will need to modify, postpone, or cancel events that meet the above criteria through at least April 8, 2020. Further guidance will be available before that date.

Older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions (such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease) are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. People who need non-emergency medical care should call their health care provider before showing up at a clinic.

Detailed guidance for Community and Faith-based Organizations, Employers, Schools, Healthcare Providers, Families and more are available under “COVID-19 Resources” on the OHA website: healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

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