In a widely anticipated move, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued a “Stay Home, Save Lives” order this morning, shuttering retail stores, shopping malls, beauty salons, spas, theaters, barber shops, nail salons and gyms.

The governor’s edict, Executive Order 20-12, states that “the Oregon Health Authority has the authority to determine if additional business closures are necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 during the ongoing state of emergency.”

Todd Cooper, director of special ministries of Archbishop Alexander Sample, said he expected parish offices and the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center to be closed to the public. However, he added, it was possible that certain employees might be deemed essential to carry out necessary tasks during the stay-at-home order.

Archbishop Sample met by videoconference with 90 of his priests on Sunday, encouraging them to give themselves wholeheartedly for the people during these difficult times. The archbishop said that there was a great sense of unity among the priests, and that he was inspired to see their dedication.

Archdiocesan officials plan to establish a set time each week for everyone in the archdiocese to gather virtually with the archbishop in prayer. This would be in addition to the livestreamed Mass with the Archbishop at St. Mary Cathedral each Sunday at 11 a.m.

Parishes around the archdiocese are also livestreaming Masses.

The governor’s order comes on the same day as restrictions in Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Wisconsin and West Virginia were announced. California, New York, New Jersey and Illinois were already under stay-at-home orders.

In addition to closing retail stores, gyms and entertainment businesses, Oregon’s edict bans non-essential social and recreational gatherings, unless a distance of six feet between individuals can be maintained.

Playgrounds and other outdoor recreational facilities are closed, but day care facilities can remain open, with new guidelines in effect. Those new rules include limiting the number of children and not changing participants.

Businesses and nonprofits remaining open must practice social distancing of six feet. The order left unclear the fate of homeless shelters and feeding sites such as Blanchet House of Hospitality in Portland’s Old Town.

“This order is designed to flatten the curve over the coming weeks, preserving scarce hospital space and equipment. It will also ensure that any place of business that remains operational does its part to enforce social distancing rules,” said Governor Brown. “It is designed to be more sustainable over time, to allow Oregonians to keep their jobs when their work does not add to the growth of COVID-19 in Oregon.”

Oregon has the fewest number of hospital beds per capita in the nation.

Oregonians can take walks outdoors but must maintain six feet from others who aren’t members of their immediate household.

In the same way that restaurants are still allowed to provide take-out meals, boutiques that provide good exclusively through delivery services can stay open for business.

State executive branch offices and buildings will close to the public, providing services by phone as much as possible.

“None of us have ever been through this before, and that means there is no way to know exactly what lies ahead,” the governor wrote in the announcement, which didn’t include a date for ending the policy.