Governor Kate Brown has placed Jackson County on a Two-Week Pause on social activities to help stop the rapid spread of COVID-19. The pause measures will be in effect for two weeks, from Nov. 11 through Nov. 25.
“As we continue to see alarmingly high case rates reflective of sporadic community spread, now is the time to implement measures to further reduce gatherings and curb human contact," said Governor Brown, "The Two-Week Pause measures are designed to reduce the amount of people we interact with and the frequency of those encounters. We all must continue to do our part to stop this virus from spreading, particularly limiting our social gatherings and interactions, or we risk further closures and restrictions."
The Two-Week Pause measures include:
- Pausing long-term care facility visits that take place indoors to protect staff and residents.
- Reducing maximum restaurant capacity to 50 people (including customers and staff) for indoor dining, with a maximum party size of six. Continuing to encourage outdoor dining and take out.
- Reducing the maximum capacity of other indoor activities to 50 people (includes gyms, fitness organizations/studios, bowling alleys, ice rinks, indoor sports, pools, and museums).
- Limiting social gatherings to your household, or no more than six people if the gathering includes those from outside your household, reducing the frequency of those social gatherings (significantly in a two-week period), and keeping the same six people in your social gathering circle.
“With clear rises in cases and hospital usage climbing to concerning levels in our valley, I encourage Ashland to take all precautions possible during this pause prescribed by Governor Brown. It's going to be hard for families and friends at Thanksgiving time, but I fully support the Governor's leadership on this issue,” said Ashland Mayor John Stromberg.
The Two-Week Pause is being instituted in counties with a case rate above 200 per 100,000 people over a two-week period. These measures replace the County Watch List process that Governor Brown instituted in July.