November 16, 2020 - Community Update
November 16, 2020
Dear PNCA Community,
Greetings. We have important information about COVID-19 restrictions in Oregon and plans for PNCA to comply. Most importantly, this will affect travel plans for the upcoming breaks in the following way:
The Governors of Oregon, Washington, and California are urging anyone from their states who travels out of state to quarantine for 14 days upon their return. For the safety of our community, we have decided to make this a requirement for accessing PNCA facilities. Consequently, anyone (faculty, staff, and students) who leaves the state for Thanksgiving or the December Holidays, or for any other reason, will be expected to quarantine for 14 days upon their return to Oregon. This means that you may work from home, teach or attend class remotely, but that you may not enter any of the teaching or studio facilities for 14 days after your return. While these restrictions are currently in place for four weeks (for Multnomah County) starting on Wednesday, November 18, we believe there is a strong likelihood they will remain in place throughout December.
Here is a link to the OHA Advisory: https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
Also, as you have probably heard, indoor dining is prohibited in restaurants in Multnomah County starting on November 18, and gyms and museums are closed for this four-week period. Also, grocery stores are limited to 75% capacity with curbside pickup encouraged. Work from home will be the rule when possible, with all public access to buildings prohibited. Indoor and outdoor non-educational social gatherings are to be limited to six people total, and no more than two households present. And faith-based organizations are limited to no more than 25 people at indoor gatherings, and 50 if gathering outdoors.
This is not the news we wanted to hear heading into our long-deserved breaks. We all want to be with our friends, families, and loved ones, to share close times and feel the warmth of togetherness. However, these new restrictions require us to resist gatherings except very small ones, avoid unnecessary travel, and to use extreme caution to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities.
We will get through this! We must practice behavior most likely to protect ourselves and those we love and our extended communities. Please be patient, be safe, avoid unnecessary travel and gatherings, mask-up, wash-up, and keep your distance.
Love and Peace, David Ellis
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