A Baker City judge has issued a preliminary injunction that has stopped all of Governor Kate Brown’s Covid-19 related emergency orders for Oregon. According to a statement issued by Governor Brown the decision will be appealed in The Oregon Supreme Court.
Statement issued by Gov. Brown:
From the beginning of this pandemic, I have taken action to protect the health and safety of all Oregonians. We acted quickly and decisively at the beginning of the outbreak, using the best science and data available, to protect Oregon from COVID-19.
Today’s ruling from the Baker County Circuit Court will be appealed to the Oregon Supreme Court within hours to keep my emergency orders in effect. This will ensure we can continue to safeguard the health of all Oregonians — including frontline health care workers, those living in nursing homes, workers in agriculture and food processing plants, and Oregonians with underlying health conditions –– while the legal process moves forward.
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.
Together Oregonians have turned the tide on the spread of COVID-19, allowing us to only now begin the process of gradually and safely reopening parts of our communities and our economies. Reopening the state too quickly, and without ongoing physical distancing, will jeopardize public health and cost lives.
It is irresponsible to dismiss the health risks and science behind our measures to stop COVID-19. We would be faced with the prospect of another mass outbreak without the tools that have proven to be effective in protecting our friends, families, neighbors, and loved ones from this disease
The injunction was issued as a result of a lawsuit brought by about 10 Oregon churches and other plaintiffs. The next step is to wait for a ruling from the Oregon Supreme Court which should occur within the next two days.
Update: The Oregon Supreme Court has issued a temporary stay on the Baker Circuit Judge order that had earlier declared Gov. Brown’s emergency orders null and void.
Governor Brown’s orders will remain in place until the court hears the arguments for the lawsuit and makes a final decision.