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Oregon's stay-at-home order: What is and what isn't allowed?

Businesses deemed essential will remain open under Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's executive order. Others will close.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has issued strict orders to all Oregonians: Stay home and only go out for essential items.

Brown’s executive order closes some businesses and forces those that remain open to implement social distancing rules.

Read the complete executive order HERE.

Here’s a look at what’s still open and what’s closed under the executive order:


  • Grocery stores
  • Banks
  • Pharmacies
  • Gas stations
  • Bars and restaurants (take out and delivery only)
  • Some other stores


  • All outdoor and indoor malls, retail complexes
  • Fitness, yoga and dance centers
  • Salons, grooming facilities, tattoo parlors
  • All entertainment centers
  • Oregon state parks
  • All skate parks, playgrounds

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Here’s what you can do and what you can’t do, by order of the governor:


  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Go out only for essentials.
  • Exercise outdoors (stay 6 feet apart from those not in your household).
  • Chat with others by video or phone.
  • Drop off food for neighbors who can’t go out.


  • Gather in groups.
  • Get together with friends.
  • Arrange playdates for kids.
  • Make unnecessary trips.

Failure to comply with the order will be considered a danger to public health and punished by a Class C misdemeanor. That level of crime comes with a punishment of up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine up to $1,250.

Brown's executive order comes after a weekend where mayors in the Portland area called for tighter restrictions on travel. Mayors along the northern Oregon coast passed emergency orders essentially kicking guests out of hotels and other types of licensed lodging.

“I started by asking Oregonians to stay home and practice social distancing," Brown said in a prepared statement, "Then I urged the public to follow these recommendations. Instead, thousands crowded the beaches of our coastal communities, our trails, our parks, and our city streets, potentially spreading COVID-19 and endangering the lives of others across the state. Now, I’m ordering it. To save lives and protect our community."

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