Statewide freeze begins Wednesday
Governor Kate Brown has issued Executive Order 20-65 following last week’s announcement of a statewide freeze to stop the rapid community spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. In light of increasing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the order outlines necessary risk reduction measures designed to limit gatherings and curb human contact
Starting today, Nov. 18, Oregon will begin the statewide two-week freeze.
Financial assistance available for Oregon businesses
In addition, Governor Brown announced today that the state will commit $55 million in financial assistance to support Oregon businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. These funds will be allocated to counties to distribute to businesses that have been financially impacted, with a priority for the hospitality industry, businesses impacted by the freeze, small businesses and businesses owned by women, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and Tribal members.
“While we have invested over $100 million in Oregon businesses so far, we must find additional resources to deploy quickly to help businesses that are suffering, particularly our small businesses and those owned by Black, Indigenous, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, and Tribal members,” said Governor Brown. “I know that this is not enough. I remain committed to fighting for additional resources at the federal level, including a reauthorization of the important features of the CARES Act, like the Payroll Protection Program and an extension of unemployment insurance benefits.”
The $55 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds will be allocated to counties, with each county receiving a base of $500,000 plus a per capita allocation of the remainder of the funds. The counties will be responsible for deciding how businesses apply to receive funds and communicating the application process to businesses.
The Governor’s Office anticipates that funds will be distributed to counties within the next several weeks. Businesses interested in applying should contact their county for more information.