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Douglas County businesses look forward to limited reopening

In order to stay in high risk, Douglas County must have fewer than 200 cases per 100,000 people for a two-week period.

Posted: Dec 29, 2020 7:04 PM
Updated: Dec 29, 2020 7:24 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Business owners in Douglas County are already hard at work now that the county has been downgraded to the high risk category of the current framework.

In the high risk category, restaurants are able to reopen for dine-in with a maximum of 50 people. Outdoor seating is expanded to 75 people, up from 50. Plus, gyms and indoor entertainment facilities are able to reopen with the same 50-person maximum.

Sam Gross, the owner of Loggers Taphouse in Roseburg, said they’re preparing to reopen. He said they’ve been open for outdoor seating since November, but he said he’s confident bringing back indoor dining will help their business even more.

“The first thing was to send messages to all of our people letting them know that schedules are going to change -- they’re going to get more hours -- then planning with our food provider to get everything we need to be ready for that increase in sales,” he said.

At Ten Down Bowling Alley in Roseburg, owner Mariah Smith said they’re also gearing up to reopen. She said this shutdown was harder than the first, so she’s hopeful this will be the last time they’ll have to do it.

“We tried to stay open in our restaurant and that really just lasted for us for a very short time,” she said. “It takes a lot just to turn on the power in this building.”

In order to stay in high risk, Douglas County must have fewer than 200 cases per 100,000 people for a two-week period. Over the past two weeks, Douglas County only reported 152, which helped contribute to the downgrade.

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