PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - The Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association and the Restaurant Law Center have filed a lawsuit against Oregon Gov. Kate Brown over her “freeze” order, which limits restaurants and bars to take-out only across the state.

The freeze went into effect Wednesday. It prohibits restaurants and bars from serving dine-in customers, while also closing or limiting other businesses and activities in every county in Oregon.

The freeze will last statewide through Dec. 2, and will be in place longer for some counties, including Multnomah County.

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The lawsuit filed in United States District Court in Portland states the governor’s executive order “expressly discriminates against those in the restaurant and hospitality businesses,” by allowing other businesses to operate with “only limited restrictions, or in some cases no restrictions whatsoever.”

The lawsuit cites grocery stores, retail stores, farmers markets and indoor and outdoor malls allowed to operate at 75% capacity “with no restrictions whatsoever on how long members of the public are permitted to remain on site.”

The freeze order does not apply to personal service businesses including barber shops, hair salons and non-medical massage therapy. Youth programs, childcare, and many sports, including Division 1 and professional athletics that were already exempt, are also allowed to continue under previous Oregon Health Authority guidance.

The lawsuit states that Oregon restaurants “have spent substantial sums” to build and create safe dining areas inside and outside based on previous executive orders from the governor and guidance from state health officials that were “rationally based on medical and scientific facts.”

The lawsuit alleges the new freeze order “lacks such rational basis in scientific and medical facts.”

“This action was taken to save many restaurants around the state, and to protect the livelihoods of thousands of food service workers who rely on restaurants and their customers. Both restaurants and their employees continue to suffer from the devastating effects of ongoing regulatory orders in Oregon during this pandemic,” according to a statement from the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association and the Restaurant Law Center.

FOX 12 reached out to the governor’s office for a statement about the lawsuit, and will update this story if one is provided.

The lawsuit is seeking an injunction on the freeze order, as well as “statutory compensation.”

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Son of Fukov

I wish them favor. My only question is what took them so long? They should have done this long ago. I'm sure some of you business owners are democrats. Aren't you sick of your party's policies yet? Kate is only doing what the legislature and AG is allowing her to get away with. They are killing you, not Covid.

Roberto Estrello Demar

Regardless of their outcomes, her misdeeds cost her nothing. She is insulated from the consequences of her actions by her activists, her followers, her party, and her lawyers. If she and prior governors were to bear the full impact of her actions, they would have been a lot more careful, and Oregon would by now have become a better place.

Merlin

How dare they question Der Fürhrer.

Alan W

Gyms should sue the Gov as well. She has not provided any scientific proof that restaurants and gyms are "superspreaders". Kate loves the power of playing dictator.

ItzaSeakrit

"Top Canadian pathologist Dr. Roger Hodkinson, an expert in virology ... (and) CEO of a biotech company that manufactures COVID tests":

“There is utterly unfounded public hysteria driven by the media and politicians, it’s outrageous, this is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public”

The doctor said that nothing could be done to stop the spread of the virus besides protecting older more vulnerable people and that the whole situation represented “politics playing medicine, and that’s a very dangerous game.”

pb sir

Hopefully, they will get a Judge who has at least half a brain, and can figure out that there is no rational science or other data which supports this shutdown.. because there isn't any...

Worst PDX Mayor Ever

Good luck with that one. The only way that's gonna happen is at the US Supreme Court. Any court in Oregon, including the Oregon Supreme Court, all the way up to the US 9th Circuit is going to rule in favor of the regressives.

Delta85

Like all Democrats in this state she is untouchable! The D shields protect those in Oregon they can do No wrong just ask them!

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