LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- After Gov. Kate Brown announced on Friday that Oregon will reopen by Wednesday at the latest, local businesses are getting ready for the massive changes ahead.
KEZI 9 News talked to Brian Debos, manager at The Gateway Grill in Springfield. He said he believes the removal of the mask mandates will be a huge boost for his team's morale.
"It's awesome. It's nice to have it clean cut from the governor," Debos said. "It's been 50/50 on everything on who has to wear a mask, who doesn't have to wear a mask."
Even with the removal of mask requirements, individual businesses still maintain the right to enforce them. With the hotter temperatures arriving in the region, Debos thinks the change couldn't have come sooner.
"Three quarters of my employees are all vaccinated so we would prefer not to wear masks in 113 degrees," Debos said.
Betty Snowden with Glamour Girl Unlimited said those decisions should be made on a case-by-case basis.
"I think that each business should do whatever they feel is comfortable," Snowden said.