5 months ago
Judge tosses out stay-at-home restrictions in Oregon
By: States Newsroom Dev
A judge in rural Oregon tossed out the state’s coronavirus restrictions, saying that the governor, Kate Brown, did not seek the legislature’s approval to extend the stay-at-home order. Brown is now seeking an emergency review of the decision by the state’s supreme court.
“The science behind these executive orders hasn’t changed one bit. Ongoing physical distancing, staying home as much as possible and wearing face coverings will save lives across Oregon,” Brown, a Democrat, said.
But the judge’s decision today, in response to a lawsuit by 10 churches who argued that the state’s social distancing protocols were unconstitutional, said, “the governor’s orders are not required for public safety when plaintiffs can continue to utilize social distancing and safety protocols at larger gatherings involving spiritual worship,” he wrote.
Judges have struck down restrictions by other Democratic governors, in Wisconsin and North Carolina.
Earlier this month, Brown extended the state’s social distancing mandate till 6 July, but most Oregon counties have already received the state’s approval to loosen restrictions.