Coos County businesses prep for restrictions in return to extreme risk

These changes come two weeks after the county was moved down to high risk.

Posted: Jan 13, 2021 5:36 PM
Updated: Jan 13, 2021 5:41 PM

COOS COUNTY, Ore. -- Some Coos County businesses will have to shut down this Friday with Coos County moving back into the extreme risk category.

At this level, restaurants have to close for indoor dining. They can only be open for takeout, delivery or outdoor dining. Gyms and indoor entertainment facilities have to shut down completely.

These changes come two weeks after the county was moved down to high risk.

According to public health officials, the county reported 278 cases in the past two weeks. In order to stay out of extreme risk, the county must be below 200 cases per 100,000 people.

Some business owners told KEZI 9 News that they’re frustrated with all the flip flopping they’ve done between reopening and shutting down over the last few months.

“If we’re flopping back and forth like it seems like we are every week, it’s crazy for them to do that,” said Randy Luscombe, the owner of Uncle Randy’s Café in Coquille.

Other restaurants said these shutdowns are not only hurting their employees, but it’s hurting their customers too.

“To think they have nowhere to go for the next two weeks,” said Stacy Murray, the owner of the Spruce Street Grill in Myrtle Point. “They can’t go to Coos Bay because that’s closed too. Dine-in seating is needed here.”

Despite their frustrations, others said they are doing everything they can to survive for the time being.

“We’re actually kind of lucky 'cause we do have some outdoor seating available for us, if they do restrict us to outdoor and takeout only,” said Brent Williams, head cook at the Railroad Avenue Station.

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