Judge rejects challenge to Oregon’s 2-week virus rules

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has declined to bar or alter Gov. Kate Brown’s two-week freeze that prohibits indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants and bars in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that U.S. District Judge Karin J. Immergut on Tuesday denied a temporary restraining order sought by the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association and Restaurant Law Center.

Immergut issued her ruling after hearing nearly an hour of argument. It marked the latest rejection by a judge in Oregon of a challenge to the governor’s coronavirus restrictions.

The governor’s freeze went into effect Nov. 18 and is expected to last at least through Dec. 2.

It limits social get-togethers to no more than six people from no more than two households and limits restaurants and bars to take-out and delivery only.

It also limits grocery stores and retail malls to a maximum of 75% capacity, while encouraging curbside pickup.

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