Casey’s Restaurant, a small, family-owned eatery in Klamath Falls, is very much like thousands of Oregon small businesses ordered to close their doors — perhaps permanently — as part of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The difference is, Casey’s isn’t accepting its death sentence without a fight.
And starting this week, residents in the Klamath Falls cable market will be hearing all about it.
The Freedom Foundation — a free-market public policy organization with offices in five states — will be running a self-produced commercial about the local eatery on the CenturyLink cable system.
The establishment’s owners already follow common-sense health precautions and CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19. But when the governor issued an order in November closing restaurants for the second time in less than a year, they also knew that if they did close, they would probably not be able to reopen.
Their employees would no longer have livelihoods.
So Casey’s made the hard choice — joining other brave entrepreneurs fighting to keep their businesses alive. They decided to keep their dining room open.
As expected, Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the state agency largely responsible for enforcing Gov. Brown’s shutdown orders, served Casey’s with a “red tag” and an $8,900 fine.
Casey’s is a responsible business and its owners care deeply for their employees’, and the public’s, health. And the business, as operated, poses a threat to no one.
OSHA has not made any factual findings to the contrary. Represented by the Freedom Foundation and associated attorneys, Casey’s is fighting back and appealing the OSHA citation and fine and will continue to fight.
The Freedom Foundation is proud to stand with Casey’s and other businesses throughout the Pacific Northwest that are willing to challenge the unlawful government overreach that is threatening to destroy their communities.
To lend your support and learn more about our stand with Casey’s, click here.