The city of Portland is preparing a shelter-in-place order
Portland mayor Ted Wheeler/Screenshot

Such a move would increase the pressure to observe social distancing to slow the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city of Portland is considering a shelter-in-place policy, similar to the policy that counties in northern California imposed on 7 million people in the Bay Area on March 16.

Portland's policy, developed by Mayor Ted Wheeler's office, is currently in draft form. It's about 10 pages long, but the effect of it would be to order all Portland residents to stay in their homes, except for trips to work for those workers deemed essential; trips to grocery stores or medical facilities; or exercise, provided people maintain six feet of distance between themselves and others. (Homeless residents would be exempted but urged to seek government resources to prevent them from getting ill.)

Wheeler's office declined to comment on the draft policy but WW has learned the city has circulated it to Multnomah County officials. As WW previously reported, Wheeler and Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury have pushed aggressively for various policy choices aimed at slowing the spread of the epidemic, prodding Gov. Kate Brown to move more aggressively.

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