King Estate Restaurant temporarily closes out of caution for coronavirus

The winery, located southwest of Eugene, said no employees or visitors are sick or showing any symptoms.

Posted: Mar 6, 2020 10:46 AM
Updated: Mar 10, 2020 4:12 PM

LORANE, Ore. – King Estate Restaurant and Tasting Room closed its doors to the public last week for cleaning out of an abundance of caution over novel coronavirus.

King Estate, located southwest of Eugene, said no employees or visitors are sick or showing any symptoms.

Nonetheless, the winery chose to close the restaurant and tasting room last Friday. 

Jenny Ulum, a spokesperson for King Estate Restaurant, said they will reasses when to reopen in another week. Ulum explained that this is already a slow time of year in the wine industry, and company leaders wanted to be proactive about the virus outbreak. 

"We have this time. We’re taking this pause. Let’s use it to really make sure everything is in order," Ulum said.

Ulum said dozens of employees in the restaurant and tasting room are not at work, and some have chosen to file for temporary unemployment. Others are working on special projects or working on production, including bottling and shipping.

Jason Davis, spokesperson for Lane County Public Health, said officials are aware that King Estate closed to the public. However, he said the choice was voluntary and not because of a recommendation from health officials. 

No confirmed cases of novel coronavirus have been found in Lane County at this time. 

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