OREGON city declares state of emergency and bans masks

Baker City Mayor Kerry McQuisten
Baker City Mayor Kerry McQuisten

The state of Oregon suffers a problem similar to its neighbor to the north, Washington. Much of the state — especially the east side — is conservative but is dominated by the hard-core liberalism of its biggest urban center in the northwest corner. For Washington it’s Seattle. For Oregon it’s Portland.

Because of the left’s power, the Democratic governors of those states have been emboldened to push pandemic restrictions, mask mandates, and health edicts upon their subjects.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) ordered all indoor dining to stop, forced gyms and entertainment activities to be shuttered, closed outdoor recreation, required businesses to mandate work-from-home and close offices to the public, limited churches to 25 people, kept kids out of school, told Oregonians to call the police to rat on neighbors who violate her lockdown orders, and even reportedly used CPS to retaliate against a salon owner for reopening early.

Last month, one Eastern Oregon city decided it had had enough and came up with a unique way to fight Brown’s orders — and now other cities and counties are coming to its leaders asking how they did it.

Immediately after Baker City Mayor Kerry McQuisten was sworn in to her first term on Jan. 12, business leaders began asking her for help fighting Brown’s mandates, the mayor told PJ Media this week.

The push started with a discussion of how to make Baker City a “sanctuary city.”

“After we were all sworn in back on January 12th, local businesses brought forth to [city] council an idea of a Common Sense Sanctuary City,” McQuisten said. “The idea was pretty funny, actually. It was a good idea. They were asking for local businesses to be able to adhere, or not adhere to the mask mandates, the OSHA [Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division] restrictions, as they saw fit individually.”

The mayor told PJ Media that a town hall meeting on the issue showed how concerned her constituents were.

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