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Oregon Restaurants Lose Bid to Block Covid ‘Temporary Freeze’

Nov. 25, 2020, 7:11 PM

A trade group representing Oregon’s restaurants lost its bid in federal court for a ruling blocking the governor’s executive order imposing a statewide two-week “freeze” in an effort to slow the spread of Covid-19 as the pandemic escalates.

“The government is facing a historic public health crisis that continues to rapidly evolve,” with more than 800 Oregonians dead, 1,000 new cases a day, and hospitals “preparing for an anticipated capacity crisis,” Judge Karin J. Immergut wrote.

“This court recognizes the heavy burdens placed on” restaurants by the pandemic and related lockdowns, “but those burdens are outweighed by the benefits to...

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