Due to the progression of COVID-19 on the west coast, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has declared a State of Emergency in the City of Portland that will be in effect until March 26, 2020.
The emergency declaration gives the City additional powers to properly address the threat of infection and harm including—but not limited to—limiting mass public gatherings if necessary to stop the potential spread of infection. It also gives the City the tools necessary to support the County, the State and city employees. Portland City Code describes the powers afforded the Mayor in a declared State of Emergency.
Here are the latest actions the City is specifically taking:
• During the State of Emergency, water service will not be disconnected for non-payment of sewer/stormwater/water bills.
• The City will convene a COVID-19 Economic Impact Task Force to generate ideas for a stimulus package to help small and large businesses recoup losses from canceled events and loss of business.
• The City will expand community hygiene stations citywide.
• The City is assisting shelter providers to keep winter shelters open.
• The City is protecting the thousands of city employees and its visitors by postponing or canceling non-essential work gatherings.
• The City is stopping non-essential travel for meetings and conferences and encouraging vulnerable employees to stay home for as long as they need to.
These are just a few of the many actions the City is taking. More information to come.
The City of Portland is coordinating with Multnomah County, regional and state partners to prepare for local impacts of coronavirus.