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March 24, 2020

Oregonians ordered to stay home to stem spread of the coronavirus

  • Gov. Kate Brown says residents have been flocking to beaches, trail and parks instead of practicing social distancing.
    Associated Press

    PORTLAND — Gov. Kate Brown ordered Oregonians to stay home Monday and banned all non-essential gatherings and travel to try to slow the spread of the new coronavirus after crowds of people descended on the state's beach towns and hiking trails over the weekend despite pleas to stay home.

    The crowds prompted several coastal towns to order non-residents out and shut down hotels and short-term rentals. More than two dozen mayors of cities in the Portland metropolitan area also petitioned Brown over the weekend to take stricter action on social distancing.

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