FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2020
Jason Brandt, President & CEO, ORLA | 503.302.5060 | JBrandt@OregonRLA.org
Angelo Amador, Executive Director, RLC | 202.492.5037 | AAmador@Restaurant.org
Interview Coordination: Glenda Hamstreet, Executive Coordinator | email@example.com
Portland, Oregon – Today, the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLA) and the Restaurant Law Center (RLC) filed a joint complaint in federal court for injunctive relief from the “Two-Week Freeze” mandated by the Governor, which prohibits indoor and outdoor dining in restaurants from November 18 through December 2. 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.
“The restaurant industry prefers engaging in partnerships with our leaders in government,” said Jason Brandt, President and CEO of ORLA. “The latest restaurant restrictions in Executive Order 20-65 published on November 17 lack equity and due process. We hope to engage in communication with Governor Kate Brown and her professional staff as soon as possible to work towards a resolution that has not been available to us at this stage. In the meantime, Oregon’s restaurant operators must continue to follow all orders executed by the Governor until a federal court addresses the serious legal concerns brought forth by the industry.”
“The number one priority of America’s restaurant industry is to provide a safe and healthy environment for guests and employees,” said Angelo Amador, Executive Director of the Restaurant Law Center. “The industry is following applicable federal, state and local operating guidelines, and, where necessary, adapted their business models and adopted countless new measures to ensure that diners and workers remain safe. A blanket ban on indoor and outdoor dining is wrong and we believe the latest executive order in Oregon is also illegal. We hope our Complaint will encourage the Governor and other officials to meet to develop a more reasonable and pragmatic approach that protects the livelihood of restaurant industry workers and restaurateurs across the state.”
Click here to read the Complaint.
About the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
The Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association is the leading business association for the foodservice and lodging industry in Oregon, which is comprised of approximately 10,000 foodservice locations and 2,000 lodging establishments with a workforce prior to COVID of 183,191.
About the Restaurant Law Center
The Restaurant Law Center is a public policy organization affiliated with the National Restaurant Association dedicated exclusively to defending the restaurant industry against government overreach at the local, state, and federal level by providing a voice for the industry in our judicial system.
12/16/2020 05:15:49 am
Is there a class action law suit available to join at this time? I am a restaurant owner that is slowing loosing confidence in the State of Oregon for what they have done to the restaurant businesses. We deserve to be compensated or be given financial help for the thousands of dollars lost due to this pandemic. Is there any hope before we are forced to give up? This new recent closer may be the end to a lot of small businesses. Thank you
12/17/2020 04:34:38 pm
Lorie, we hear your struggles, and we remain committed to working with Governor Kate Brown, her professional staff, and the Oregon Health Authority to find paths forward for Oregonian livelihoods which remain devastated by the realities of COVID-19. If you missed it, ORLA did recently establish a Legal Defense Fund to be used to address multiple inequities facing Oregon’s restaurant and lodging establishments in their quest to survive the ongoing pandemic. The fund will provide financial support to operators interested in moving forward as plaintiffs in court.
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