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Junction City Police Address Governor Brown's Executive Order -- STAY HOME, SAVE LIVES! - 03/23/20

We have been very impressed with, and proud of, the protective measures people have voluntarily employed to protect each other.  Further, the sacrifices business owners and entrepreneurs have taken by limiting and/or closing their establishments to protect their fellow community members is admirable, and have not gone unrecognized.

The Junction City Police Department remains open and functioning 24-hours per day / 7-days a week.  The police department continues to respond to all calls for service and is enforcing all traffic laws.  As we continue to walk side-by-side through these challenging and unfamiliar times with you, the primary goals of the Junction City Police Department are laser-focused on community EDUCATION and protection.

Today, March 23rd, 2020 Governor Brown formalized her campaign of, “STAY HOME, SAVE LIVES” through Executive Order #20-12.  In the order that took effect immediately Governor Brown said, in part, “To slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon, to protect the health and lives of Oregonians, particularly those at highest risk, and to help avoid overwhelming local and regional healthcare capacity, I find that immediate implementation of additional measures is necessary. The purpose of this Executive Order is to reduce person-to-person interaction with the goal of slowing transmission.”

In simple terms, Governor Brown’s order instructs everyone stay home unless absolutely necessary and when one most go out in order to get food, medical supplies, etc. that they maintain effective social distancing at all times.  Specifically some elements of the order that will affect many Junction City residents is the immediate, “closure of all pools, skate parks, outdoor sports courts, and playground equipment areas.  The grassy areas of parks shall remain open for use, provided all users of open public recreational areas must strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines.”

The order goes on to state, “Individuals may go outside for outside recreational activities (walking, hiking, etc.), but must limit those activities to non-contact, and are prohibited from engaging in outdoor activities where it is not possible to maintain appropriate social distancing (six feet or more between individuals).”

In addition, the order states that, “Non-essential social and recreational gatherings of individuals outside of a home or place of residence (e.g., parties, celebrations, or other similar gatherings and events) are prohibited immediately, regardless of size, if a distance of at least six feet between individuals cannot be maintained.”

The simple points listed above are provided for the quick reference of Junction City residence.  Governor Brown’s eight (8) page Executive Order is far more comprehensive and identifies many specific guidelines and restrictions promulgated by the order.  We recommend everyone download and review that order, in its entirety, at their earliest convenience.  The full text of the order can be obtained by visiting:


Once again, the primary goal of the Junction City Police Department through this emergency is compliance through EDUCATION.  Simultaneously, all law enforcement agencies are compelled to comply with the Governor’s Order.  While every effort will be made on the education side - the executive order states, “Failure to comply with any of the provisions of this Executive Order constitutes an imminent threat and creates an immediate danger to public health.  Any person found to be in violation of this Executive Order is subject to the penalties described in ORS 401.990.”  Violation of ORS 401.990 is a Class C-Misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine, jail incarceration, or both.

The Junction City Police Department has produced a video to answer some frequently asked questions.  That video is located on the Junction City Police Facebook page – “JCPDOregon”.  Anyone with questions or concerns should contact the Junction City Police Department at 541-998-1245.

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