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Oregon State Police answer questions about enforcing COVID-19 stay-home order

'Not even close' to martial law; don't call 911 if you spot a crowd

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Oregon State Police have issued a "frequently asked questions" set of guidance about the situation involving Gov. Kate Brown's stay-home order and directions for social distancing.

Here it is, in full:

Is this martial law?

No, not even close. There are no curfews and a person’s movements are not restricted under the Governor’s Executive Order. While details are offered in the order relating to social distancing, specific business closures and non-essential social gatherings- Oregonian’s movements are generally unrestricted.

Do I need documentation from my employer deeming me essential?

No. The Governor’s Executive Order closes certain businesses, outlined in section (2). These businesses reflect operations that would make close contact difficult or impossible to avoid. Officers are not asking or looking for any type of special paperwork from your employer.

Do I need a special placard on my car, when going to work or if I drive for work?

No. There is no special documentation or placards for people going to work or permitted activities.

Will I be pulled over for driving on the highway?

Not for violation of the Governor’s Executive Order, which specifically outlines efforts to avoid large gatherings -- not restrict the movement of Oregonians. If, however, you are committing a traffic violation or crime that would be enforced independent of the order, you may be stopped, like any other day.

Are the state lines closed and are there roadblocks?

No, traffic is moving freely within Oregon and our border states. There are no roadblocks or restrictions of vehicle movement. Washington State is operating under a similar executive order from their Governor, so Oregonians should be aware of these provisions when traveling in their state.

If my business is closed, can I still go to work if my employer makes me? Won’t I be arrested?

While the order prohibits the public from congregating at a closed business, the employer may still have work to do on site. As long as employees are not conducting business that is prohibited by the Executive Order, it is okay to still be at the worksite. No “passes” or paperwork is required.

Are rest areas open?

Yes, generally. Some rest areas are connected to parks, which are currently closed to comply with the Executive Order.

Are police arresting or ticketing people in public or in violation of the Governor’s Executive Order?

People that violate the Governor’s Order in an Emergency Declaration could be arrested or cited, which is a C Misdemeanor- the lowest level of criminal conduct designation. All Oregon law enforcement are united on the premise that police action is extremely undesirable and we hope to educate Oregonians if congregating in violation of the Governor’s Order. Citation or arrest would be an extreme last resort if a person failed to comply with the lawful direction of a police officer.

What about my kids that may congregate in a place without my permission, like a skate park?

Police know our children don’t often take their parents’ advice and may ignore direction when away. Like adults found to be congregating in a location, officers will likely approach the youths and educate them on the order. Citations and arrest are extremely unlikely, reserved for only the most extreme circumstances.

Can I still go hiking and fishing?

Yes. Oregonians can still recreate outdoors, if their recreational activity involves non-contact with others and they can maintain appropriate social distancing- which is defined as 6 feet or more from others. Oregonians and visitors to our state should be aware most campgrounds and boat ramps are closed, so you should research your plans before recreating.

Should I call 911 if I see people congregating?

No. The level of this violation is not for reporting police, fire or medical emergencies through 911. People may choose to self-educate their fellow Oregonians or if a large gathering is noted, they may call their respective police agency’s non-emergency number.

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  1. Funny that they edited it. I thought the “Some Other Stores” was genius. Wonder why they took it out? Oh wait….oregon state police can pound sand. They need to show us the ORS Statute that says executive orders are Constitutional Law. They swore an oath to uphold executive orders…wait…no they didn’t.

  2. The answer to virtually every question is “No” ! So why is Kate pretending to throw her fat bum weight around ?

    What I did find interesting though are the questions about Martial Law- and providing papers on demand.

    Seems I’m not the only one who perceives this as a Kate Brown Neo-Nazi takeover.

    She should resign- immediately ! This is not leadership- this is a meltdown !

    1. The answer to virtually every question is a lie! So why is trump pretending to throw his fat bum weight around ?

      What I did find interesting though are the questions about Martial Law- and providing papers on demand.

      Seems I’m not the only one who perceives this as a trump Neo-Nazi takeover.

      He should resign- immediately ! This is not leadership- this is a meltdown !

      1. You still don’t understand how Government works in America do you ! I hear growing up in Venezuela does that to people.

        Lemme help- The President is in charge at the federal level- the Governors at the state- the President does not interfere with the Governor’s duties unless he initiates Martial Law… which we all wish he would do for the state of Oregon- cause Kate Brown is killin us !

        Worst Governor ever for Oregon- she will go down in history with that label stamped on her tombstone !

  3. Being that there are two inaccurate statements in this Q&A it makes me question the rest.

    #1 “Is this martial law?

    No, not even close. There are no curfews and a person’s movements are not restricted under the Governor’s Executive Order. While details are offered in the order relating to social distancing, specific business closures and non-essential social gatherings- Oregonian’s movements are generally unrestricted.”

    WRONG. Not allowing gatherings, social distancing and closing non-essential business IS restricting movement. Imposing fines or jail time for doing so IS a form of martial law. Not that would do any of these, just saying.

    #2 “Do I need documentation from my employer deeming me essential?

    No. The Governor’s Executive Order closes certain businesses, outlined in section (2). These businesses reflect operations that would make close contact difficult or impossible to avoid. Officers are not asking or looking for any type of special paperwork from your employer.”

    WRONG. When two friends of mine in Salem stated they were given a letter from their employers (outlining the reason their business is an essential business and the letter carrier was employed with them) and told to keep it in their car they drive to work, I thought it was just the big cities doing that. Until my sister, Asst. Manager at an Auto Parts store here in Bend, was given a letter yesterday and told the same thing. She also brought one home for me to carry because sometimes I have to bring stuff to the store from home.

      1. My sister, just out of curiosity, asked other employees from other states (through the stores own communication system) if they were advised to carry them too. So far, Oregon is the only one with the letters.

  4. “What about my kids that may congregate in a place”

    Silly question ! Here try one with some meat on the bones-

    What about those hundreds of thousands of Oregonians- facing financial collapse- who want to gather and protest (freedom of speech- freedom to assemble) Kate Brown’s incompetence- on the steps of the Capitol Building in Salem ?

    Kate Brown’s Executive Orders are meant to “silence” her critics- and weak-kneed- terrified Oregonians state-wide have fallen for the oldest “smoke and mirrors” magic act on the planet.

    Fools ! You are now living in a Police State and you don’t have the courage to rise up and defend your jobs- your businesses- Where the hell is Jimmy Hoffa when we need him !

    1. Ask The Iceman. He knows what happened to Hoffa. As far as everything else you have stated. I agree with you.

      Do keep this is mind. If Trump mandates that the USA goes back to business as usual, and Brown decides not to follow the orders (Which could very well happen) THAT is when something can be done. Federal laws and directives trump state and local ones. Always have and always will.

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