The same Oregon governor who has praised protesters and spoke about how the lack of police accountability have led to the unjust killings of black people across the country, now threatens law-abiding citizens with arrest by the police she has condemned if they have more than six people gather in their household for Thanksgiving.
Gov. Kate Brown has enacted new measures to curb the spread of COVID-19
Some lawmakers are criticizing Oregon‘s limits on group activities so close to the Thanksgiving holiday while proponents of the measures stay quiet on the nightly riots in Portland involving hundreds of people.
Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, ordered a two-week freeze that includes limiting indoor and outdoor gatherings to no more than six people from no more than two households in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
“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,” Brown said Friday. “At this point in time, unfortunately, we have no other option.”
Violators could face up to 30 days in jail, up to $1,250 in fines, or both, the Oregonian reported. Brown said she would work with state police and local law enforcement to encourage Oregonians to comply with her mandate.
The order does not specifically call out protests but also allows faith-based gatherings of up to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a frequent critic of government mandates related to COVID-19, weighed in on Brown’s directive.
“In Oregon, you can be jailed for having too many people over for Thanksgiving,” he tweeted Monday. “But if you want to riot and loot in Portland, no sweat!”