Judge denies restaurants’ challenge to two-week freeze

The Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association announced on Tuesday they were unable to obtain a temporary restraining order against the freeze.

Posted: Nov 24, 2020 5:52 PM
Updated: Nov 24, 2020 11:13 PM

WILSONVILLE, Ore. – An attempt by Oregon restaurants to challenge Gov. Kate Brown’s two-week freeze has failed in court.

The Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association announced on Tuesday they were unable to obtain a temporary restraining order against the freeze.

For the set period of time, restaurants are limited to take-out only. The freeze aims to help slow the spread of COVID-19 which is surging in several Oregon counties.

However, ORLA said the rules impact tens of thousands of industry employees.

“We remain committed to working with Governor Kate Brown, her professional staff, and the Oregon Health Authority to find paths forward for Oregonian livelihoods which remain devastated by the realities of COVID-19,” they said in a statement.

ORLA said help is needed for businesses and workers in the industry to get through the pandemic. They said federal action is needed, and they hope a special session is held by state lawmakers in December.

House Speaker Tina Kotek announced she was seeking the additional special session on Nov. 18. If held, it would be the third special session of 2020. In a statement, Kotek said this would include extending the statewide eviction moratorium beyond the Dec. 31 deadline while also establishing a landlord compensation fund to help small landlords make their payments.

Gov. Kate Brown's Deputy Communication Director Charles Boyle said the governor is more than willing to call for a special session, as long as lawmakers have a detailed plan to help Oregonians in need.

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