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New COVID-19 restrictions spark mixed reactions in Douglas County

Small business owners told KEZI 9 News that they understand why Governor Brown decided to tighten up the requirements.

Posted: Jul 22, 2020 6:50 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Gov. Kate Brown’s announcement Wednesday that mask requirements will soon be expanded is bringing in mixed opinions from Douglas County residents.

Face coverings will be required for children 5 and older starting July 24. Previous exemptions are being removed such as gyms.

Restrictions on gatherings have also been tightened, limiting places of worship, gyms, restaurants and more to 100 people. Bars and restaurants will also need to close by 10 p.m.

Cecil Barret, the owner of The Place in Roseburg, told KEZI 9 News that these restrictions are a step backward, especially for those in the dining industry.

“It’s harder on my employees than it is me,” said Barrett. “I’m retired, this is a side life. But if we keep closing like this, we’ll go broke.”

Other small business owners told KEZI 9 News that they understand why Brown decided to tighten up the requirements.

However, they said it’s going to be up to the community to enforce these changes, especially when it comes to parents and making their kids wear a mask.

“I think we all have to buy in and express how important it is to keep them safe and keep others safe,” said Darcel Campbell, the owner of Everything Under the Rainbow.

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