Stay Home, Save Lives

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To further combat the spread of COVID-19, Governor Kate Brown on March 23, 2020 issued a “Stay Home, Save Lives” Executive Order — ordering all residents of the State of Oregon to stay at their residences, and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs. The Executive Order is effective immediately and remains in effect until terminated by the Governor. This is for an extended duration and it is important to understand the supply chains are intact so there is no need to go out and shop other than usual.


Community members are required to stay at their homes unless they are engaged in certain “essential activities.” On those occasions when you are out of your home for necessary tasks, stay at least six feet away from others.

Allowed (must keep six feet from others)

  • Essential City/County Government Services Remain Open: 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 some city offices. Learn more about City Services – What’s Open?
  • Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery from restaurants and bars
  • Banks
  • Pharmacies
  • Hardware stores/plumbers/electricians and those who provide services necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
  • Pet stores
  • Gas stations
  • Certain retail stores
  • Outdoor activities like walking your dog, jogging, or biking in your neighborhood
  • Childcare facilities and babysitters (only if abiding by new rules)
  • Community benefit organizations on a case-by-case basis
  • Laundromats/laundry services
  • Cemeteries

Not Allowed

  • Social gatherings (parties, celebrations) with people from outside of your household
  • Dine-in restaurants and bars
  • Nightclubs and concerts
  • Shopping at outdoor or indoor malls and retail complexes
  • Fitness: Gyms, sports and fitness centers, health clubs, and exercise studios, dance and yoga studios
  • Grooming: Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, massage parlors, non-medical wellness spas, cosmetic stores, tattoo parlors
  • Entertainment: Theaters, amusement parks, arcades, bowling alleys, music concerts, sporting events, museums, skating rinks
  • Outdoors: State parks, playgrounds, campgrounds, pools, skate parks, festivals

Is this Executive Order mandatory? What happens if I don’t comply?

Yes. The Executive Order is mandatory.

People are asking questions about enforcement of the order. Eugene Police’s response is similar to the responses of Oregon State Police, Oregon Association Chiefs of Police and Oregon State Sheriff’s Association:

  • EPD prefers to gain compliance by educating people who are not following the governor’s orders. It is not our intent at this point, that officers be proactively seeking out violators unless the behavior appears egregious in nature.
  • While for the most part, any response will be complaint driven, we wish to keep our 911 call takers and officers going to life/safety calls. Officers can issue warnings. Citations and arrests are our last resort.
  • We believe Eugene’s residents are compassionate and will be making every effort they can to safeguard our community’s health. Peer pressure is a powerful motivator and people may choose to self-educate their friends and neighbors.

Please note: The governor’s order is a legally enforceable. Failure to comply with the Executive Order would be considered an immediate danger to public health. If there were to be a citation or arrest, it is a Class C misdemeanor (up to 30 days in jail, a fine of up to $1,250, or both).

Why is this happening now?

This Executive Order is being issued now because it is urgent that we slow and stop the spread of COVID-19 in the State of Oregon.

The virus spreads easily, and this Executive Order is intended to prevent the spread of this disease from overwhelming our healthcare system. The goal here is to “flatten the curve” to slow down the spread of the virus and ensure we have adequate health care resources for those who get sick with COVID-19 and those who need emergency medical care for accidents, heart attacks, strokes, and other routine medical conditions.

We all have to do our part now to protect everyone in the community. The best way to do that is to stay at home to avoid further spread of the virus.

When does the Executive Order go into effect and how long will it last?

The Executive Order issued on March 23, 2020 went into effect immediately and remains in effect until terminated by the Governor. We want to be sure the Executive Order is in place for only as long as necessary, and the Governor, in coordination with the Oregon Health Authority, will be closely monitoring the situation every day in order to determine what adjustments are appropriate.

What is the difference between “Stay Home, Save Lives” and “social distancing”?

Stay Home, Save Lives is a stricter form of social distancing. There are some differences.

Stay Home, Save Lives means:

  • Stay home (stay unexposed and do not expose others)
  • Only go out for essential services
  • Stay six feet or more away from others
  • Don’t gather in groups (except for those living in your home)

Social distancing guidelines still apply:

Social distancing guidelines will continue to apply when you are out shopping, walking or going to the doctor. The best way to reduce the risk of getting sick, as with seasonal colds or the flu, still applies to prevent COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your cough or sneeze
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Avoid groups (stay at least six feet away from others)
  • Reduce the time you are around others outside the home, even when at least six feet away

Businesses and Employees

Which businesses are required to close?

The Executive Order prohibits the operations of the following businesses, for which close personal contact is difficult or impossible to avoid:

  • Amusement parks
  • Aquariums
  • Arcades
  • Art galleries (to the extent 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)
  • Medial spas, facial spas, day spas, and non-medical massage therapy services
  • Museums
  • Nails 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
  • Youth Clubs

Am I an essential business?

Oregon has not issued an essential business list. The state, instead, has provided a list of business categories that should stop operating (see list in Executive Order 20-12 or in previous question) because the nature of these businesses makes it impossible to adhere to social distancing protocol.


Governor Brown has directed businesses to close if they are unable to maintain social distancing protocol. If a business can maintain social distancing, AND it is not in any of the categories listed, the business may continue operating while adhering to social distancing protocol.


Still confused about whether you are allowed to remain open or must close? Take the Quiz on the State of Oregon’s website (scroll down to the “Take the Quiz” button).

What type of social distancing is required in the workplace for essential businesses?

All businesses and non-profit organizations that are not required to close shall facilitate telework and work-at-home by employees, to the maximum extent possible. When telework and work-from-home options are not available, businesses and non-profit organizations must implement and enforce social distancing policies consistent with guidance from the Oregon Health Authority.

What if I want to go to work and I’m not sick?

Unless your work includes an essential function, you cannot go to work. You may have the virus and not know it, or you might get it and risk infecting those you live with. Talk to your employer regarding work from home options.

Are non-profit organizations allowed to continue operating?

Yes, but only if they provide essential services as described in the Executive Order. This would include non-profits operating food pantries, providing housing and services for homeless residents, and many other critical services.

I am concerned that a business in our community is not following the guidelines of the Governor’s Executive Order. What can I do?

At this time, complaints about businesses that are not complying with the Governor’s Order should go to the Lane County COVID-19 call center, 541-682-1380, or directly to the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration, known as OSHA. See the OSHA complaint form.

Health Care

What should I do if I’m sick or a family member is sick?

  • If you are feeling sick, please first call your doctor, a nurse hotline, or an urgent care center.
  • Check online resources like the CDC website if you are worried that you or a loved one has the COVID-19 virus.
  • Do not go to the emergency room of a hospital unless you have deemed that you have an actual emergency. Call 911 or go to the emergency room if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
  • For purposes of this Executive Order, individuals may leave their residence to work for or obtain services at any health care provider.

If you determine it is necessary to visit a health care provider, you can help protect others:

  • If possible, walk or drive yourself to the hospital or medical provider. If someone else in your home is sick and can drop you off, that is another good option.
  • If you have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like a surgical mask or N-95 mask, you can wear that to prevent exposing others. If you don’t have that, you could use a temporary method such as wrapping a clean scarf around your mouth and nose to try to reduce droplets when you cough and sneeze. Although this is not an approved method, it is something you can do to try and limit exposure to others.

Can I still seek non-essential medical care and doctor’s appointments?

To the extent possible, all health care visits that are not cancelled or rescheduled should be done remotely.

Food and Other Essential Needs

Can I go to the store (grocery store, market, corner store, food bank, etc.) to buy food and other things?

Yes, you can go to the store to buy food, drinks and goods for yourself, for those in your home, and for anyone else who needs help. This also includes medical supplies at a pharmacy and supplies at a hardware store. When out of your house always maintain six feet of distance from other people.

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, and the operators can connect you with a local aide to assist.

Should I stock up on food, necessities like toilet paper, and on medicines?

No. You will continue to be able to purchase these items whenever you need them, as stores selling necessary items like grocery stores, pharmacies, and hardware stores will remain open and are frequently restocking. Please continue to buy normal quantities of these items on the same schedule you normally do. This will ensure that there is enough for everyone.

Is my favorite restaurant, cafe, coffee or tea shop, ice cream shop, or other food service location open?

Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food to the public are encouraged to stay open, but only to provide delivery and carry out. Patrons will not be permitted to dine or congregate in restaurants, bars, and similar establishments.

The Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce has a list of restaurants that are offering take-out food services.

Businesses can request the designation of 1-2 parking spots in front of their location to provide a dedicated free parking spot for carry-out customers and/or delivery companies. To request this free service please email See a map of the businesses that are using this service.

How can I access free or reduced-price meals for myself or my family?

Schools, soup kitchens, food banks, and other entities that provide free or reduce- priced food goods or meals to students or other members of the public are encouraged to continue providing these services. See Lane County Schools Meal Plan.

However, food provided by these establishments to the public may not be eaten on the premises but must instead be delivered or taken away for consumption.

Can I still order the things I need online and have them delivered to my residence?

Yes. The mail and other delivery services to your home can continue to function, as can food delivery services. Just keep six feet between you and the person delivering the item.

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 disabilities?

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 six feet of distance when possible, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue.

However, don’t provide care or pick up supplies if you are sick. Instead. If you are sick, please try to self-isolate or take other steps not to expose anyone else to your illness, and find someone else to help your loved ones.

Can I go to the bank?

Yes, but avoid unnecessary trips and maintain at least six feet of distance from others.

Can I go out to do laundry or have my laundry done?

Yes, but avoid unnecessary trips and maintain at least six feet of distance from others.

What if I’m in a line and there isn’t six feet between me and others?

You should still try to maintain a least six feet between you and others. When that isn’t possible for short periods, do your best to keep the duration short. Be sure when you are in line that you don’t sneeze or cough onto people. If needed, cough or sneeze into your shirt or into an elbow with clothing on.

What if my plumbing gets stopped up or there is another problem with necessary equipment at my home? How will I access those sorts of services?

Call your plumber or building manager. This Executive Order allows service providers like plumbers, electricians, carpenters, exterminators and building managers to keep working and providing their services to the public. To obtain supplies for a DIY solution, you can also visit hardware stores, which are allowed to stay open under this Executive Order.

Can I still go to church or my place of worship?

Stay home. For your safety and the safety of your fellow worshippers, we need to help each other fight the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home. Places of worship can offer remote access to services, such as by emails, video streaming, or teleconference.


Can I take public transportation (bus)?

Only for essential travel. Public transit will continue to operate on a limited basis. When using public transit, maintain at least six feet of distance from others. This is why it’s important to only take public transportation for essential activities – you want to help everyone be able to practice social distancing. See Lane Transit District’s current schedule and routes.

Your Home

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.

I’m scheduled to move (change my residence) in or out of the city. Do I need to cancel?

You are not required to cancel. Moving companies may continue to operate. Follow social distancing. We strongly recommend self-isolating when you arrive at your destination to not put others at risk.

Outdoors and Exercise

Can I leave home to exercise?

If you will be both outdoors and not in close contact with people, yes.

All City of Eugene parks, paths and trails remain open for use. The executive order states that people may take part in outdoor activities like walking, hiking, biking and running, but social distancing requirements must be followed. Groups or gatherings in parks are prohibited and individuals must remain at least six feet away from each other. Please note that per Governor Brown’s executive order, all skateparks, outdoor sport courts and playground equipment areas are closed until further notice. See our City Services – What’s Open? web page and reference the Parks & Open Space tab for more information.

Otherwise, no, because fitness and exercise gyms and similar facilities will be closed.


If my child’s school is providing food or meals, can I leave home to go to the school to pick up the food or meals?

Yes. See Lane County Schools Meal Plan.

Does the Executive Order allow me to have my children in childcare? Will my daycare be shut down?

Childcare facilities may only operate if they comply with the conditions of this Executive Order as they relate to childcare. Among these conditions, children must be cared for in groups of 10 or fewer, groups of children may not mix with each other, and providers may not circulate between groups.

Facilities must prioritize the childcare needs of first responders, emergency workers, health care professionals, followed by critical staff and essential personal, consistent with guidance provided by the Oregon Department of Education, Early Learning Division.

How will I entertain my kids? Can we go to the playground or arrange playdates?

In accordance with the Executive Order, all playground equipment areas, outdoor sport courts, skateparks and pools are closed. You should not arrange playdates. Children are not able to maintain social distance, and even adults are prohibited from socializing with friends in this manner. It is essential that we stop the spread of the virus by not having in-person social interactions.

Do your best to entertain your children with games, reading, puzzles, and TV/videos at home. Engage them in educational online tools. The public can continue to access the Library’s digital services including e-books, e-audiobooks, streaming movies, music and more.


Can I go to a vet or pet hospital if my pet is sick?

Yes. Please call first to determine if there are any restrictions in place.

Can I walk my dog/pet?

Yes. Be sure that you distance yourself at least six feet from other pets and owners.


Is the Eugene Airport still open?

Yes. However, you can only travel in and out of the airport to perform essential activities, operate essential businesses, or to maintain essential governmental functions. Otherwise, do not travel. Travel puts you and others in the community at risk. See Eugene Airport web pages.

I am currently on vacation outside the city – does the Executive Order allow me to return home?

Yes. You should maintain social distancing on your way home, and then you will be subject to the limitations in the Executive Order. If you prefer to stay at your current location, you are encouraged to follow the Executive Order while outside of Oregon in order to protect yourself and others.

What happens if I leave the state to go on a planned vacation?

The Executive Order requires that you stay in your place of residence. Traveling runs the risk of spreading the virus to other areas and exposing new populations. Do not travel. As explained above, if you live outside of the State of Oregon, you are allowed to travel to and from work if your work is essential business, or if you need to travel to the State of Oregon, for another essential service like a medical appointment.

I’m visiting and staying in a hotel, with family/friends, or in a short-term rental. What should I do? Can I go home?

If you have a car and can return home via travel, you may do so if you are following social distancing protocols. If you have a flight or other travel, you should check first with the carrier to see if they are still operating and what protocols they recommend. You are strongly encouraged to stay at your “home away from home” when you arrive at your destination to avoid infecting anyone else in your home community.

If you need to stay longer, coordinate with your accommodations as best you can.