Stay at Home Executive Order Information

Effective at midnight on March 24, 2020, Oregon Governor Kate Brown is requiring people to stay home except for essential needs. The intent of Executive Order 20-12 is to ensure the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible.

Vulnerable populations, including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, must stay home. All community members should stay home except to perform essential duties for business continuity or government functions, to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or perform activities related to maintaining a healthy lifestyle during this time.

It is okay to go outside for walks if you are not in a group and practice proper social distancing. It is not okay to travel to another community, including the Oregon Coast, in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The Executive Order is in effect until terminated by the Governor.

For information or questions not addressed here, please visit the State of Oregon's COVID-19 webpage at

The OLCC has produced a "living" FAQ document to address questions about the temporary rules allowing "curbside delivery" and other operational concerns and questions that licensees have been asking about. You can find the FAQ it on the OLCC COVID-19 Business Continuity Page.


Why are we doing this?

This is a critical intervention to reduce harm from the spread of COVID-19 in the many communities across Oregon. This is a mandatory order and we are relying on the people of Lane County to adhere to the science behind the order and do what is necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Now is the time to do everything we can to prevent the situation from getting much worse in a matter of days or weeks. Every hour counts. We need and appreciate the cooperation of everyone who lives and works in Lane County to act immediately.

While this news may feel alarming, it is a necessary step to prevent a worsening situation. The patterns of the virus around the world, and in our own state, tell us that moving right now to maximize social distancing and restrict people gathering is the best way to fight the virus and save lives.

If everyone works together, we should be able to adjust to the new rules over the next few weeks.

We know that there will be a lot of questions and concerns at the beginning of this new regimen. This is a major change being taken to protect public health. Please be patient and kind to one another.

Together, we will get through this – and our community’s health will be protected.

What does the Governor’s Executive Order require to close?

The Executive Order includes the following:

  • 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, theaters, 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.

Retail businesses closed by Executive Order 20-12 include:

  • Shopping: Outdoor and indoor malls and retail complexes, although individual types of businesses not subject to the measures may stay open.
  • Fitness: Gyms, sports and fitness centers, health clubs, and exercise studios
  • Grooming: Barbershops, beauty and nail salons, and non-medical wellness spas
  • Entertainment: Theaters, amusement parks, arcades, bowling alleys, and pool halls

Additionally, the Executive Order closes the following types of businesses due to their inability to maintain appropriate social distancing measures:
  • amusement parks;
  • aquariums;
  • arcades;
  • art galleries (to the extent that they are open without appointment);
  • barber shops and hair salons;
  • bowling alleys;
  • cosmetic stores;
  • dance studios;
  • esthetician practices;
  • fraternal organization facilities;
  • furniture stores;
  • gyms and fitness studios (including climbing gyms);
  • hookah bars;
  • indoor and outdoor malls (i.e., all portions of a retail complex containing stores and restaurants in a single area);
  • indoor party places (including jumping gyms and laser tag);
  • jewelry shops and boutiques (unless they provide goods exclusively through pick-up or delivery service);
  • medical spas, facial spas, day spas, and 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/piercing parlors;
  • tennis clubs;
  • theaters;
  • yoga studios;
  • and youth clubs.

Other retail businesses will not be able to continue to operate unless they can implement strict social distancing measures and designate an employee or officer charged with ensuring compliance. Retail businesses able to adapt to take-out style shopping experiences can also remain open. If businesses can have employees work from home, then they must do so. Many of the businesses outlined in the order have voluntarily closed their doors already, to do their part to protect Oregon’s communities. In addition, non-retail businesses like manufacturers and the construction industry must ensure that their employees are maintaining social distancing measures.

How long will we stay home?

This goes into effect at midnight on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. It will be in effect until Governor Brown terminates the Executive Order.

Should I stock up on food and necessities such as toilet paper or medicines?

No. You will continue to be able to purchase these items whenever you need them, as stores selling necessary items (grocery stores, pharmacies, and hardware stores) will remain open.

Continue to buy normal quantities of these items on the same schedule you normally do. This will ensure that there is enough for everyone.

What relief will be given to non-essential business?

Lane County, Eugene and Springfield have created a Small Business Emergency Loan Fund:

There is effort on the federal level to grant relief to small businesses:

Lane County has additional resources for businesses at

In addition, the Governor has forbidden new residential evictions during the emergency period.

Do I have to perform social distancing while at home with my family?


What if I can’t get out of the home? How can I get supplies and food?

Please contact friends, family, or others you know who can provide support. They are permitted to pick up any of your needs. Please also contact 211 or 541-682-1380 if you do not have family or friends who can drop off food and supplies, the operators can connect you with a local aide to assist.

Can I be evicted during the order?

Governor Kate Brown issued an Executive Order that prevents evictions until May 31, 2020. The Executive Order prohibits landlords from initiating residential eviction proceedings, authorizes local governments to enact additional protections against both residential and commercial evictions and suspend foreclosures, and requires the various Oregon Public Utilities Agencies to regularly monitor and publish measures undertaken by utility companies in response to COVID-19. Lane County continues to explore other ways that we can help.

What's open?

These essential services will remain open (full list here):
  • City/county government services: police stations, fire stations, hospitals/clinics and healthcare operations, jails, courts, garbage/sanitation, transportation including LTD (use of public transportation is limited to essential required travel only), utilities (water, power and gas), and city offices.
  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants
  • Hardware stores/plumbers/electricians and those who provide services necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
  • Banks
  • Community benefit organizations on a case-by-case basis
  • Laundromats/laundry services
  • Cemeteries

Can I use ride share or on-demand service or a taxi?

Yes, but only for essential travel.

Do your best to take social distancing precautions: cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze, use hand sanitizer, and wash your hands before and after rides, etc.

Can I take public transport?

Yes, but only for essential travel.

Public transit will continue to operate on a limited basis. When using public transport, you should maintain at least 6 feet, two to three steps away, including if you are on a bus.

You want to help everyone be able to practice social distancing. Therefore, it’s important to only take public transportation for essential activities.

Can I leave home to care for my elderly parents or friends who require assistance to care for themselves? Or a friend or family member who has a disability?

Yes. Be sure that you protect them and you by following social distancing guidelines such as washing hands before and after, using hand sanitizer, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance when possible, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue.

I don’t have a washer/dryer in my home. Can I leave to do laundry?

Yes, you can go to a laundromat and other laundry service providers.

Can my family go camping during the order?

Camping is not permitted under the Executive Order as it is not an essential activity. Although it is an outdoor activity, we are asking people to shelter at home. Camping is not sheltering at home. The purpose of the sheltering at home is to reduce the likelihood of transmission.

The Executive Order does not apply to veterans for camp hosts.

Can I move during the order?

Moving is discouraged. If you had already obtained a new home prior to the issuance of the Executive Order, moving to that new home would constitute essential travel.

Can I visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facility?

It is strongly recommended that you do not go to a hospital unless you are seeking emergency medical attention, or accompanying a minor who is under 18 years old or someone who is developmentally disabled and needs assistance.

Please use alternative ways to communicate with loved ones at nursing homes and residential care facilities. The residents at those locations are the most vulnerable to COVID-19.

If you need to know more, please contact the facility you want to visit by phone before you leave.

This is difficult, but it is necessary in order to protect hospital staff and other patients.

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