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Gov. Kate Brown ordered additional business closures today, focusing on consumer-facing operations where social distancing practices are difficult to implement. 

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Click here to view a letter from more than 30 Oregon business associations to Gov. Kate Brown. The letter was sent via email on Sunday, March 22. We have also included the federal guidance for critical infrastructure, as well as suggestions for additions to that guidance that reflect the characteristics of Oregon’s economy.

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OBI, along with about 30 business partner organizations, sent a letter to Gov. Kate Brown and legislative leaders outlining steps state government should take to assist the Oregon business community's efforts to preserve jobs and maintain operations during the coronavirus crisis. 

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After Gov. Brown mandated most restaurants, bars and other eating establishments to close except for delivery and takeout, many businesses have shut their doors and laid off employees.

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Today the Senate passed HR 6201 requiring additional paid leave provisions and tax credits to businesses, along with other relief efforts. The House passed the bill earlier this week. Click here for more detailed information from our partners at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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More than 20 business organizations have come together to outline steps state government should consider to assist the state’s business community in weathering the coronavirus situation in Oregon, protecting jobs and meeting payrolls.

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Today Gov. Kate Brown announced stricter mandates to address the coronavirus situation in Oregon. That included prohibiting any events or gatherings with more than 25 people. The order will not apply to workplaces, grocery stores, pharmacies and retail stores.

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Today Gov. Brown also announced she is convening a Coronavirus Economic Advisory Council, which will include OBI CEO Sandra McDonough. It will have its first meeting tomorrow. 

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Finally, Gov. Brown unveiled a coordinated health care approach in the Portland-metro area designed to ensure as many beds as possible are available for patients who need them. 

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