Lane county restaurants respond to risk level changes

Woodruff also noted that he believes the government should collaborate with local businesses to find a solution outside of the extreme risk category rules.

Posted: Apr 23, 2021 6:59 PM
Updated: Apr 23, 2021 7:06 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. --- Friday was the first day of high risk in Lane County, forcing several businesses to make adjustments in order to adhere to the guidelines.

However, after Governor Kate Brown’s announcement, businesses have less security, because the county could elevate to extreme risk in the near future.

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The Gateway Grill in Springfield is one of the places that is on edge.

Because of the amount of outdoor seating the restaurant has accounted for, the manager, Brian Debos, said the move into high risk won’t be too big of a deal for them. However, he said the extreme risk category would be a different story.

“The extreme one was the one that was a little bit more painful,” Debos said. “Not having any indoor seating at all. And that's really bad for the small businesses.”

According to Debos, 25 percent of the restaurant's capacity is 50 people, which lines up with the current mandate.

The management team at Manifest Beer Company in downtown Eugene had similar comments.

Brandon Woodruff, the owner of the establishment said if the county were to move to extreme risk level, the effects would be devastating, even beyond the financial implications.

“Those things come and go, but my big worry is about what's going to happen [in my employee’s] home lives and with their children, things like that,” Woodruff said.

Woodruff also noted that he believes the government should collaborate with local businesses to find a solution outside of the extreme risk category rules.

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