MONDAY NEWS BRIEFS

Sweeping new coronavirus restrictions that some civil liberty groups say are draconian, take effect in Oregon this week. Governor Kate Brown announced a two-week freeze on Friday that closes gyms and fitness centers and limits all restaurants and bars to takeout service only. Indoor and outdoor gatherings are also restricted to no more than six people from a maximum of two different households. The new restrictions take effect Wednesday. Some groups say the new regulations deprive folks of their constitutional rights, and they are planning court action to stop them.
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A new coronavirus-related travel advisory is in effect for Oregon. Governor Kate Brown issued a travel advisory late last week along with the governors of California and Washington urging visitors entering their states and residents returning home to self-quarantine. The advisory also cautions against any “non-essential” travel and asks anyone who has recently traveled to quarantine for 14 days.