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Governor acts to slow virus spread, imposes limits statewide on indoor gatherings

Gov. Kate Brown in her Portland office (FILE/Salem Reporter)

SALEM – Gov. Kate Brown on Monday announced she is banning any indoor gathering of more than 10 people as the state braces for a tripling in the coming weeks in the number of Covid infections.

“We are at risk of allowing the virus to spiral out of control,” Brown said at a Monday news briefing.

Brown and her health advisers said a recent surge in Covid infections has been traced in part to social gatherings such as weddings, house parties and birthday celebrations.

The new limit on gatherings takes effect on Wednesday, July 15. The requirement doesn't apply to businesses or churches, which are operating under separate restrictions.

She also mandated that Oregonians wear masks outdoors when social distancing can . . .