Businesses react to upcoming move to extreme risk

"It's probably going to put a little bit of a damper on our business."

Posted: Apr 27, 2021 7:16 PM
Updated: Apr 28, 2021 6:24 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Governor Kate Brown announced Tuesday that 15 counties including Lane and Linn will move into the extreme risk category on Friday, April 30.

RELATED: LANE AND LINN COUNTIES MOVING TO EXTREME RISK

That means restaurants and bars will be forced to pause indoor dining. Outdoor dining will be limited to a maximum of 100 people and groups must contain no more than six people.

"It's probably going to put a little bit of a damper on our business," said Linda Brown, who works at The Delta Bar in Eugene.

Fitness centers will also see tightened restrictions under the extreme risk category.

KEZI spoke to Aaron Orton who owns Genuine Fitness in Eugene about how the change in risk levels will affect his business.

"We have capacity limitations. Obviously we're not allowed to hold any larger events or get togethers. We restrict access to the front door. It's by appointment only," said Orton.

Under the extreme risk guidelines, fitness facilities 500 square feet or larger can have a maximum of six clients inside at one time. Facilities smaller than that can have a maximum of one client in the facility at any given time.

The last time Linn County was classified as extreme risk was Feb. 11. The last time Lane County was classified as extreme risk was Feb. 25.

Douglas County will downgrade from high risk to moderate risk, while Coos and Benton will remain in high risk.

The full list of restrictions for counties in each risk level is available on the Oregon Health Authority’s website.

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