LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- So far four restaurants in Lane County, have not just defied Gov. Kate Brown's COVID-19 restrictions, they're almost flaunting it.
Along Came Trudy and Twisted River Saloon in Springfield, the Little Brown Hen in Florence, and most recently Broken Glass Bar in Eugene have all been open for dine-in against state rules.
So who's stopping them? Right now, nobody.
In Springfield, city officials claim the Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Administration is responsible for stopping businesses. But the governor's office says that's simply not true.
A representative with Brown's office says all executive orders are enforceable by local law enforcement agencies, adding it shouldn't take the strong arm of the governor for enforcement to happen.
Joe Henry, the mayor of Florence, said he did not encourage the Little Brown Hen to open, but he also said he's leaving it up to the government agencies to enforce the order.
The city of Eugene referred KEZI 9 News to Eugene Police who say they're taking the education approach and have reported Broken Glass Bar to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and OSHA.
As for Springfield, city spokeswoman Amber Fossen cited a law that says Brown could "assume control" of the police department in an emergency. In other words, Fossen said if Brown wants SPD to write tickets, she could take over the department and order them to do it. The governor's office fired back, calling that "wildly inaccurate."
Meanwhile, OSHA says they have investigations open into these cases but will not discuss details.