A Message from Mayor Denny Doyle
Monday, March 23, 2020
Now is a unique time. For many, this is the first in a lifetime when we are being called to act in unity with the life, health and welfare of our family and friends at stake. More than ever, we must stand as one.
I urge all Beaverton residents to act together, commit to do your part and fully comply with Governor Brown’s latest order to stay home to save lives. This means remaining at your home unless you need or provide essential services and limiting contact with anyone outside of your closest family group. All unnecessary activities, gatherings and travel must stop.
The more we learn about COVID-19, the more critical the need to limit its reach in our neighborhoods and its impacts to our healthcare systems. While I don’t anticipate active enforcement will be required, know that I will do all that is needed to uphold the integrity of this order for our collective benefit and well-being.
I recognize from the calls and emails that I have received that people are concerned. Your ability to pay rent, go to work or school, purchase food and supplies, and support our local establishments is in question. I want to reassure you that everyone at the city is doing all we can to meet the needs of residents, provide remote business options and lend support. I appreciate your continued patience as we adjust city processes.
No one could have completely expected how the past several weeks would unfold. While our future remains unclear, I feel strongly that the faster we respond, the sooner we all will be able to resume the activities that are important to us.
I also hope we each find a silver lining. For me, it has been witnessing the outpouring support from community members—countless offers to volunteer, pop-up supply stations on street corners, creative home school tips, inspiring sidewalk chalk art, patronage of our local businesses and so much more.
Please look for your own opportunity in all of this. Reconnect with those closest to you, reassess your daily comings and goings, and spend more time on the things most important to you. We will get through this, and be stronger as a result.
Stay healthy and safe,