Governor Brown announced new measures for nine Oregon counties, including Jackson County, where COVID-19 is spreading rapidly to take a two-week pause
in social, business and other activities that are driving the spread of coronavirus. The pause will start Wednesday, Nov. 11 and last until Wednesday, Nov. 25.
ďAs 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:
The City of Medford will be implementing the following changes in response to the Two-Week Pause:
- Urging all businesses to mandate work from home to the greatest extent possible.
- 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.
- City Hall and the Lausmann Annex will be closed to the general public on Friday, November 13 and 20.
- When open, City Hall and the Lausmann Annex will only be available for those attending Municipal Court, paying utility bills or for those needing service at the Development Service Counter.
- All Commission and Committee meetings that do not require a public hearing will be held virtually.
- City staff are able to expand their current telework days in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.
For information regarding the current number of active COVID-19 cases in Jackson County, click here
Everyone should take these preventative steps:
More tips from Oregon Health Authority on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
- Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water. If you cannot use soap and warm water, use hand sanitizer (60-95% alcohol content).
- Cover coughs and sneezes with elbow or tissue. If you use a tissue, throw the tissue away and wash your hands right away.
- Do not touch your face.
- Stay at least six feet away from people who you do not live with.
- Wear a cloth, paper or disposable face covering when you go out. A face covering may help stop the spread of the virus as more people are out and about.