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Small businesses hope Brown reopens Douglas County soon

Small business employees told KEZI 9 News that the only way for businesses to survive is to reopen the county as soon as possible.

Posted: Apr 23, 2020 6:23 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Small businesses in Douglas County are excited by the thought of possibly reopening early as Douglas County Board of Commissioners urge Gov. Kate Brown to lift her executive order.

The board released a letter to the governor Wednesday asking her to consider starting phase one of reopening the economy on a regional basis as early as Saturday.

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Commissioner Chris Boice told KEZI 9 News that phase one may include hair salons, restaurants and parks. However, he said these places would still need to abide by social distancing.

Small business employees said the only way for businesses to survive is for the county to reopen as soon as possible.

“With them being closed and not being able to get the business stimulus because they ran out money, we’re gonna lose businesses,” said Verge Jones, a small business employee.

However, other Roseburg residents said it’s too early to lift the executive order.

“We have to think about the doctors and nurses who have to take care of those who get ill,” said Marti Barrand.

The letter has been sent to Coos, Curry, Jackson, and Josephine Counties for their approval and once received back, it will be submitted to the governor.

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