Governor’s limits to stay in force for now as legal action lands in Oregon Supreme Court

Gov. Kate Brown in her Portland office (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Freedom from state restrictions proved fleeting as the Oregon Supreme Court on Monday night left intact pandemic-related orders by Gov. Kate Brown.

For now, Brown’s limits on business and her “stay home” requirements remain in place across Oregon even as she moves the state towards relaxed conditions.

But for a few hours Monday, her directives were stripped of their legal authority and Oregonians appeared free to work, play and travel without limits.

A state judge on Monday ruled that Brown’s executive orders related to the global pandemic were “null and void,” saying they had expired. He ruled in a case filed in Baker County Circuit Court by 10 churches and individual plaintiffs who sought the right to conduct church services.

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