Lane County businesses react to lower risk level

Lane County businesses describe what they will do to transition to more indoor capacity.

Posted: Feb 23, 2021 3:09 PM
Updated: Feb 23, 2021 6:49 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Businesses in Lane County reacted to what it will mean when they can finally move from the extreme risk level to high risk on Friday.

For restaurants and other dining facilities, moving to the high risk category means that indoor dining is allowed at 25 percent capacity. Previously, in extreme risk, indoor dining was prohibited.

For indoor recreational centers, this also means they can allow up to a 25 percent maximum capacity. Previously, indoor recreational centers were only allowed to have up to six people at once if the facility is larger than 500 square feet.

Eugene Fitness 1440 owner Catherine Richardson said this change is groundbreaking.

"We can now open fully to the public, allow trial members, allow day passes, allow guests. And a lot of those people who haven't felt comfortable to come back yet, this might help them come back because things are trending in the right direction," Richardson said.

Before the pandemic there were typically 20 to 25 people working out at the same time. This change would allow a maximum of 37 people to work out at her facility at once.

Hole in the Wall BBQ general manager Gary Rodgers said he's also excited about this change.

"It's been a very long awaited moment. I think it's past due," Rodgers said. "As far as being ready for the transition, we have staffed up our scheduling and prepared more product to get ready for it."

Rodgers said both Eugene and Springfield locations will be ready to open their doors for indoor dining on Friday at 11 a.m.

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