ROSEBURG, Ore.--After nearly two months in the High Risk category, Douglas County has taken a step back.
Starting today, the county is considered Extreme Risk, meaning restaurants and bars cannot be open for indoor dining. However, they can seat up to 50 people outside.
Gyms and indoor entertainment facilities are also more restricted. If the building is more than 500 square feet, the business can have up to six customers inside. If the building is less than 500 square feet, they can only have one customer.
Sam Gross, the owner of Loggers Taphouse in Roseburg, told KEZI 9 News that he’s disappointed that Douglas County is back in the Extreme Risk category.
He said he was sure the county’s numbers would stay low moving forward. However, he said he prepared for the change just in case.
“A couple of weeks ago we started seeing the numbers go up, and we’re all really worried about it,” said Gross. “Across town, people were asking me where I got my tent originally because they needed to buy tents.”
Heidi Lael, the owner of the Parrot House in Roseburg, told KEZI 9 News that she decided to shut down her restaurant completely because of the risk level change. Based on the outdoor space they have right now, she said they would only be able to use a few tables. She said that wouldn’t bring in enough money to keep the place running and paying her employees.
“We’re really counting down to spring and really good reliable weather,” said Lael. “We’ll open up the patios, we’ll open up the grass areas, the amp theater. I think we’ll really flourish when the weather is nice.”
Lael said they are also working on creative ways to bring more income in, like opening an Airbnb on the property.
In order for Douglas County to move back into the High Risk category, they need to report less than 200 cases per 100,000 people. In the last two weeks, public health officials said they reported more than 300.
All counties in the state will have their risk level reevaluated in two weeks.