Brown: Virus eviction moratorium, asks for REAL ID extension

By ANDREW SELSKY

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Friday that during the coronavirus outbreak she wants a statewide eviction moratorium, to suspend enforcement on expired automobile tabs and driver licenses and has asked the federal government for a one-year extension for compliance the REAL ID act.

She also said during a media briefing that she was not at this time enacting more stringent social distancing requirements like those imposed by California and New York this week.

Brown had already banned gatherings of more than 25 people for a month and restricted restaurants to takeout and delivery food. She did, however, say she was evaluating the situation daily.

“For me the bottom line is that if there is evidence that Oregonians are not complying with the aggressive measures in place I will have to take more aggressive action,” she said. “I am encouraging and urging Oregonians to stay home. I want to say don’t travel for spring break, stay home.”

Oregon has reported at least 88 confirmed COVID-19 cases and three deaths.

For most people, coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus.

And Brown said she has requested a one-year extension to the current Oct. 1 deadline for the state to meet the REAL ID requirements. REAL ID is the federal law requires state driver’s licenses and ID cards to have security enhancements and to be issued to people who can prove they are legally in the United States. It was passed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to strengthen rules for identification needed at airports and federal facilities.

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