EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregonians are now faced with tighter restrictions following a press conference Monday with Gov. Kate Brown, and community members are sharing their reactions to the news.
Indoor gatherings of more than 10 are no longer allowed, which includes gatherings such as house parties and book clubs. At this time, this does not affect restaurants, bars or churches.
Beginning Wednesday, a face mask is required in outdoor settings when you cannot maintain six feet of distance.
“It’s not necessary,” Eugene resident Vicki Knutson said. “I’m really great to wear a mask, but I dont think it's necessary to be outside and have to wear a mask. I am in public and anywhere where we coagulate but not outside.”
Brown said that failure to comply can lead to fines, citations or even closure of businesses.
“It's super disappointing because there were a lot of things I was looking forward to in my senior year,” said University of Oregon senior Emily Duru. “Ultimately, I understand it’s for safety, so I'm not too disappointed about that. Though I will miss housewarming parties and 21-ers and things like that.”
The state fears that Oregon could become the next New York or Texas, when it comes to the rapid spreading of COVID-19.
“We have done so much,” Brown said. “We have come so far. We have sacrificed so deeply. We cannot let this virus get the best of us.”
According to Brown, there have been more cases of COVID-19 in the past week than the entire month of May.