Democratic governors in Oregon and New Mexico issued two-week shutdown orders Friday to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus over the Thanksgiving holiday, while the Pacific Northwest states issued an advisory discouraging out-of-state travel.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the state would “temporarily re-enact a statewide order closing in-person services for all non-essential activities,” beginning Monday and running until Nov. 30.
“We are in a life-or-death situation, and if we don’t act right now, we cannot preserve the lives, we can’t keep saving lives, and we will absolutely crush our current healthcare system and infrastructure,” said Ms. Lujan Grisham at a press conference.
Meanwhile, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown ordered a two-week “freeze” on non-essential activities, including restricting restaurants to take-out only; placing capacity limits on grocery stores, pharmacies and retailers, and limiting indoor and outdoor gatherings.
“These risk reduction measures are critical in limiting the spread of COVID-19, reducing risk in communities more vulnerable to