If you want to get your family together for Thanksgiving in Portland without going to jail, start planning a riot. That may sound like a joke, but unfortunately, it’s not.
Oregon Democrat Gov. Kate Brown has ordered a two-week freeze that includes limiting indoor and outdoor gatherings to no more than six people and the groups can include no more than two households. The move by the governor is in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, and those found breaking the law could face up to 30 days in jail and up to $1,250 in fines.
Brown confirmed that law enforcement would be used, saying “For the last eight months I have been asking Oregonians to follow the letter and the spirit of the law and we have not chosen to engage law enforcement. At this point in time, unfortunately, we have no other option.”
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) quickly pointed to the state’s hypocrisy on gatherings in a tweet saying, “In Oregon, you can be jailed for having too many people over for Thanksgiving. But if you want to riot and loot in Portland, no sweat!”
Portland has continued to deal with riots almost nightly over the past six months.
In addition to the restrictions on Thanksgiving gatherings, the governor also ordered the closures of all gyms, museums and a number of other businesses.
Oregon saw more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases on both Friday and Saturday of last week. The current two-week freeze will run through Dec. 2.