Over the next two weeks in Oregon and four weeks in Multnoma County, new restrictions were introduced to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
DAYS ahead of Thanksgiving, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said she believes residents who know their neighbors are violating the latest round of COVID-19 protocols, which includes limiting the number of people allowed in your home to six , you need to call the police.
“It’s no different than what happens if there’s a party on the street and it keeps everyone awake,”
The restrictions, known as the freeze, were enforced this week by executive order of the governor. For the next two weeks in Oregon and four weeks in Multnoma County, residents were banned from eating out and going to the gym, among other restrictions. Public gatherings in our homes are also limited to no more than six people. Offenders can receive up to 30 days in prison, a $ 1,250 fine, or both.
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Critics of the freeze called it unconstitutional. Clacamas County President-elect Tootti Smith told FOX News that the freeze had made Oregons “second-class slaves” in their own homes.
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On Friday, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement, “We acknowledge that we cannot arrest or force a pandemic out of the pandemic, and we believe both are unproductive for public health purposes.”
“Look, it’s all irresponsible,” Brown said in response to the criticism. “These are politicians looking for headlines, not government officials trying to save lives. My top priority as governor is to keep the Oregons healthy and safe. I am focused here. ”
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The governor said on Friday that he was promoting a “first education” model and hoped implementation would not be necessary. But she uses the option in Oregon.
“It’s about saving lives and protecting our fellow Oregons,” she said. “We have too many sporadic cases in Oregon. We cannot trace these cases to a specific source. We need to limit gatherings and social interactions. “
In its daily briefing on COVID-19 on Friday, the Oregon health authority announced a record high of 1,306 new cases of the virus nationwide.
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Watch the full 10-minute interview with Governor Brown: