Oregon coronavirus restrictions kept in place, for now
Salem, Oregon — The Oregon Supreme Court late Monday halted a rural judge’s order from earlier in the day that tossed out statewiderestrictions imposed by Democratic Gov. Kate Brown. Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff had ruled that Brown erred by not seeking the Legislature’s approval to extend the stay-at-home orders beyond a 28-day limit.
The Supreme Court’s ruling stays Shirtcliff’s decision pending a review by all the high court justices.
In a statement, Brown praised the Supreme Court action.
Shirtcliff issued his opinion in response to a lawsuit filed earlier this month by 10 churches around Oregon that argued the state’s social distancing directives were unconstitutional.
In a statement after Shirtcliff’s ruling, Brown said: “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.”
In a seven-page opinion, Shirtcliff wrote that the damage to Oregonians and their livelihood was greater than the dangers presented by the coronavirus. He also noted that other businesses deemed essential, such as grocery stores, had been allowed to remain open even with large numbers of people present and have relied on masks, social distancing ..read more: