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Springfield Restaurant Fined For Flouting COVID-19 Restrictions


A Springfield restaurant was fined Wednesday more than $9,000 for defying the state’s COVID-19 restrictions by allowing indoor dining.


Oregon OSHA said Along Came Trudy owner Trudy Logan knew of the public health order that banned indoor dining in Lane County but chose to offer it anyway. The restrictions are in place because the county is in the “Extreme Risk” category designated by the state for areas with widespread COVID-19. 

Oregon OSHA says its investigation was launched after multiple complaints, and that the inspection was complicated by the presence of armed people outside the restaurant who threatened government employees. 

When reached at the cafe Wednesday afternoon, Logan said she was aware of the fine but hadn’t had the chance to read the details.


"I'm busy working, and we're slammed to the nines," she said.


Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December, 2018 and became News Director in March, 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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