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Dr. Esther Choo speaks on the dangers of medical facilities reaching capacity if Oregonians do not heed new restrictions imposed by Gov. Brown’s two-week freeze statewide.

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Courthouse Club Fitness went forward with its promise to defy Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s order for gyms to close on Wednesday, with all five of its locations open across Salem and Keizer. 

Flex Fitness, a family-owned gym on Commercial Street, also stayed open. 

Both gyms said they wouldn’t survive the economic hit of a second shutdown, but they could also end up facing major fines.  

Brown’s order required all gym and fitness centers to close as part of a two-week “freeze” aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, which has spiked in recent weeks. 

Any business willfully staying open, in defiance of the order, could face a minimum fine of $8,900 and maximum penalty of $126,749, according to the Oregon Occupational Safety