Oregon’s Stay at Home Order and What it Means for Construction

This morning, as expected, Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued an Executive Order (EO 20-12, attached) ordering all Oregonians to stay at home, outlined a list of non-essential businesses that are closed, imposing 6-foot social distancing requirements, and all businesses to immediately implement telework or remote work arrangements when possible.

Because construction was not listed as a “non-essential business,” your construction company may continue operations in Oregon as currently scheduled and underway. By midnight tonight, Monday, March 23, 2020, your company must immediately designate a Social Distancing Officer to oversee and enforce social distancing requirements at the job site level. It is critical to our industry that your company take the social distancing requirements seriously.

Summary of the Order:
  • All non-essential social and recreational gatherings of individuals are prohibited immediately, regardless of size, if a distance of at least six feet between individuals cannot be maintained.
  • Gatherings of members of the same residential household are permitted.
  • It closes and prohibits shopping at specific categories of retail businesses, for which close personal contact is difficult to avoid, such as arcades, barber shops, hair salons, gyms and fitness studios, skating rinks, heaters, and yoga studios.
  • It requires businesses not closed by the order to implement social distancing policies in order to remain open, and requires workplaces to implement teleworking and work-at-home options when possible.
  • It directs Oregonians to stay home whenever possible, while permitting activities outside the home when social distance is maintained.
  • It closes playgrounds, sports courts, and skate parks, among other types of outdoor recreation facilities. Those that remain open are required to strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • It outlines new guidelines for child care facilities, setting limits and rules on amounts of children allowed in care, and outlining that child care groups may not change participants.
  • Failure to comply with the order will be considered an immediate danger to public health and subject to a Class C misdemeanor.
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Here is a List of Businesses the Governor Ordered Closed:
  • Amusement parks
  • Aquariums
  • Arcades
  • Art galleries
  • Barber shops
  • Hair salons
  • Bowling alleys
  • Cosmetic stores
  • Dance studios
  • Esthetician practices
  • Fraternal organization facilities
  • Furniture stores
  • Gyms and fitness studios
  • Hookah bars
  • Indoors and outdoor malls
  • Indoor party palaces
  • Jewelry shops and boutiques
  • Medical spas
  • Facial spas
  • Day spas
  • Non-medical massage therapy services
  • Museums
  • Nail and tanning salons
  • Non-tribal card rooms
  • Skating rinks
  • Senior activity centers
  • Ski resorts
  • Social and private clubs
  • Tattoo and piercing parlors
  • Tennis clubs
  • Theaters
  • Yoga studios
  • Youth clubs
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