Oregon official vows to defy COVID-19 order limiting Thanksgiving gatherings

Oregon official vows to defy COVID-19 order limiting Thanksgiving gatherings


An incoming Oregon county commissioner is serving up controversy ahead of Thanksgiving by promising to defy the state’s new coronavirus restrictions — and invite “as many family and friends” as possible.

Tootie Smith, a Republican set to start in January as chairwoman of the Clackamas Board of County Commissioners, blasted new restrictions announced Friday by Gov. Kate Brown, including a six-person limit at indoor and outdoor gatherings from Nov. 18 through Dec. 2 that will impact Thanksgiving gatherings.

“My family will celebrate Thanksgiving with as many family and friends as I can find,” Smith posted Saturday on Facebook. “Gov Brown is WRONG to order otherwise.”

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Brown said she unveiled the new restrictions — which also limits all bars and restaurant to takeout, and shuts down all gyms — to “save lives” in the state, where records were set last week for single-day positive cases and hospitalizations, The Oregonian reported.

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