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Dear EOU Community,
Employees who will continue working on campus have expressed concern that law enforcement may ask for written evidence that they have permission to report to work. Please see the following information provided by the Oregon State Police and shared out publicly. The OSP states that people will not be pulled over simply for driving on the roads, and no documentation is required to “prove” a person has the right to go to work.
Should any EOU employee reporting for work on campus be questioned by law enforcement regarding their travel to or from their work, they should contact Human Resources immediately.
OREGON STATE POLICE ANSWER QUESTIONS REGARDING ENFORCEMENT OF EXECUTIVE “STAY HOME, SAVE LIVES” ORDER.
In an attempt to answer frequently asked questions relating to the enforcement of the Governor’s Executive Order 20-12 “Stay Home, Save Lives,” the Oregon State Police is offering this guidance.
No, not even close. There are no curfews and citizen movements are not restricted under the Governor’s Executive Order. While details are offered in the order relating to social distancing, specific business closures and non-essential social gatherings- citizen movements are generally unrestricted.
No. The Governor’s Executive Order closes certain businesses, outlined in section (2). These businesses reflect operations that would make close contact difficult or impossible due to the nature of the business. Officers are not asking or looking for any type of special paperwork from your employer.
No. There is no special documentation or placards for citizens going to work or permitted activities.
Not for violation of the Governor’s Executive Order, which specifically outlines efforts to avoid large gatherings- not restrict the movement of citizens. If, however, you are committing a traffic violation or crime that would be enforced independent of the order, you may be stopped, like any other day.
No, traffic is moving freely within Oregon and our border states. There are no roadblocks or restrictions on vehicle movement. Washington State is operating under a similar executive order from their Governor, so Oregonians should be aware of these provisions when traveling in their state.
While the order prohibits the public from congregating at a closed business, the employer may still have work to do on-site. As long as employees are not conducting business that is prohibited by the Executive Order, it is okay to still be at the worksite. No “passes” or paperwork is required.
Citizens that violate the Governor’s Order in an Emergency Declaration could be arrested or cited, which is a C Misdemeanor- the lowest level of criminal conduct designation. All Oregon law enforcement is united on the premise that police action is extremely undesirable, and we hope to educate citizens if congregating in violation of the Governor’s Order. Citation or arrest would be an extreme last resort if a citizen failed to comply with the lawful direction of a police officer.
Police know our children don’t often take their parent’s advice and may ignore direction when away. Like adults found to be congregating in a location, officers will likely approach the youths and educate them on the order. Citations and arrests are extremely unlikely, reserved for only the most extreme circumstances.
If employees have other questions regarding work status, please contact Human Resources at 541-962-3548 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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