Rep. Bentz slams governor over her increased Covid restrictions

U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Oregon

ONTARIO – Congressman Cliff Bentz on Monday called on Gov. Kate Brown to reverse her decision to impose tighter restrictions on 15 Oregon counties that require restaurants to close.

The governor last week announced 15 counties were moved into the “extreme risk” category under her Covid metrics. The state rules in that circumstance restrict indoor dining, as well as limiting attendance for gyms and churches. 

Of the 20 counties that Bentz represents, eight are affected by the new restrictions. Those counties are Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Grant, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, and Wasco. Malheur County is still under the “moderate risk” designation, which is less restrictive.

"Governor Kate Brown’s decision to again lockdown huge parts of Oregon has caused incredible frustration for many in my district, and I share their frustration . . .