OFFICIAL GRANT COUNTY OREGON COVID-19 WEBSITE
State baseline guidance was updated, effective may 15. The new Guidance includes statements on "gatherings of up to 25 people allowed for recreational, social, cultural, civic or faith events – with physical distancing requirements."
JOHN DAY, PRAIRIE CITY, and HINES, OR. – As we honor those who gave their lives in military service to our nation this Memorial Day weekend, please follow some basic safety tips and good camping etiquette when recreating on the forest.
Campfires are allowed while recreating on the forest, but the threat of wildfires always exists. Campers are reminded to use fire pits surrounded by dirt, rock, or commercial rings and in areas not conducive to rapid fire spread. The area should also be clear of all flammable material within a radius of three feet from the edge of the fire pit and free of overhanging material. Use existing fire pits wherever possible. Carry a shovel and a gallon of water whenever having a campfire. Please do not burn any garbage; unburned debris remains and is difficult to separate from ash during clean-up. Never leave a campfire unattended. When leaving your campsite, be sure your fire is cold/out.
JOHN DAY, PRAIRIE CITY, and HINES, OR. – Due to significant rainfall many rivers and creeks on the Malheur National Forest are nearing or have reached flood stage. Forest officials advise the public to use caution when traveling on or to the Forest, as roads and trails could be impacted by washouts or obstructions (such as rocks or boulders).
The Department of Agriculture has announced a $19 billion program that combines direct payments to producers and $3 billion in commodity purchases for distribution through food banks and faith-based organizations.
Producers will receive a single payment based on calculations of losses in two periods: from the beginning of the year to April 15 and from April 15 through the end of September. Producers will be compensated for 85% of the price loss experienced during the early period and 30% of expected losses for the second period. Only commodities that experienced at least a 5% decrease in prices between the beginning of the year and mid-April will be eligible.
Breakdown of allotment:
• $9.6 billion for the livestock industry
• $5.1 billion for cattle
• $2.9 billion for dairy
• $1.6 billion for hogs
• $3.9 billion for row crop producers
• $2.1 billion for specialty crops producers
• $500 million for others crops
The Oregon Supreme Court stepped in late Monday to put a hold on a dramatic decision by an eastern Oregon judge that declared “null and void" all of Gov. Kate Brown’s “Stay Home Save Lives’’ coronavirus emergency orders.
Beginning May 15, 2020, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument will reopen access to:
Clarno Unit: Trail of Fossils, Clarno Arch trail, Geologic Time trail, and all picnic areas.
Painted Hills Unit: Painted Hills Overlook trail, Carrol Rim trail, Painted Clove trail, Leaf Hill trail, Red Scar Knoll trail, and all picnic area.
Sheep Rock Unit: Island in Time trail, Blue Basin Overlook trail, Flood of Fire trail, Story in Stone trail, Cant Ranch trails, Mascall Overlook and all picnic areas.
ODFW is closing recreational hunting, fishing, crabbing and clamming to non-residents due to concerns about travel to Oregon to participate in these outdoor activities. Such travel could spread the virus and put more of a burden on Oregon’s rural communities.
As of Friday, 4/10/2020 11:59 p.m., non-residents may no longer participate in these activities in Oregon. The restriction extends until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and it is deemed safe to travel into Oregon. This order does not apply to anyone living in Oregon for less than six months who has not yet established residency.
In short, here is what is allowed and what is not.
Allowed As Long as You Keep Six Feet Away From Others
• Hospitals and health care
• Grocery stores
• Banks and Credit Unions
• Take-out/delivery from restaurants and bars
• Pet stores
• Gas stations
• Certain retail stores
• Outdoor activities like walking your dog, jogging, or biking in your neighborhood
• Child care facilities and babysitters (only if abiding by new rules)
• Social gatherings (parties, celebrations) with people from outside of your household
• Dine-in restaurants and bars
• Nightclubs and concerts
• Shopping at outdoor or indoor malls and retail complexes
• Fitness: Gyms, sports and fitness centers, health clubs, and exercise studios, dance and yoga studios
• Grooming: Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, day spas and massage services, non-medical wellness spas, cosmetic stores, tattoo parlors
• Entertainment: Theaters, amusement parks, arcades, bowling alleys, music concerts, sporting events, museums, skating rinks
• Outdoors: State parks, playgrounds, campgrounds, pools, skate parks, festivals
There are many executive orders in effect that are related to COVID-19, including an eviction moratorium and the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" mandate. See a list of them and what they do here.