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Brown extends schools closure

Gov. Kate Brown has extended the existing statewide K-12 school closure another four weeks, through April 28, a news release late Tuesday said.

“I do not take the decision to extend school closures lightly,” Brown said in the release. “This will have real impacts on Oregon’s students, parents, and educators. But we must act now to flatten the curve and slow the rate of COVID-19 transmission in Oregon, otherwise we face a higher strain on our medical system and greater loss of life to this disease.”

The initial two-week school closure would have seen Oregon students back to school by April 1. It began Monday, March 16, the week before schools' scheduled spring break.

On Monday, Brown tightened restrictions on social gatherings, limiting groups to below 25 people and prohibiting restaurants, bars and cafes from serving food and drink on-site. Those businesses can now only deliver or serve items to-go.

Jamie Lusch / Mail Tribune Oregon K-12 schools are closed until April 29 as a COVID-19 precaution, according to a new release from the office of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.