SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Along Came Trudy in Springfield is open for indoor dining despite Gov. Kate Brown's COVID-19 restrictions, and the owner says she is standing up for small businesses.
"I've worked really hard and my staff has both worked really hard to build this business. And with all the shutdowns, there are no more shutdowns for me," said owner Trudy Logan.
Business was booming inside Along Came Trudy with customers trickling in all day long until it closed at 2 p.m. But that doesn't mean this defiance comes without consequences: Logan will be fined $500 for each day she stays open and her liquor license will be suspended as well.
"I appreciate all the support that I've got. And I want people to come down and continue to support me because I'm going to stay open," Logan said.
Supporters of Along Came Trudy traveled all the way from Salem today to stand in front of the restaurant and make sure no officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or Oregon Health Authority stepped foot inside the premises. Many of the supporters said it was time to take a stand against these restrictions and start spreading love not hate.
“If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything,” Logan said.
Health officials have repeatedly said that restrictions on business, while a bit hit to local communities economically, are necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as cases and deaths continue to surge.