Gov. Brown's 'freeze' draws economic concerns in Douglas County

Some residents told KEZI 9 News this might be the best shot we have at keeping COVID-19 in check.

Posted: Nov 13, 2020 7:30 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Many in Douglas County still have mixed feeling regarding Gov. Kate Brown’s statewide two-week freeze announced on Friday.

The freeze will close or limit many types of businesses, like restaurants and gyms.

One Roseburg resident told KEZI 9 News that he is extremely concerned it will have an impact on the economy, especially after seeing how bad people were hit during the first shutdown.

“I’ve noticed local businesses have slowed down,” said Jene Hoyle. “And everything seems to be slowing and people are probably broke in these store businesses.”

One restaurant owner said he is extremely disappointed by the freeze. He said they already lost a lot of money during the first shutdown in March, and he feel like this is a step backward for local businesses.

“It’s frustrating,” said Ramon Bautista, owner of Mariachi Loco. “The amount of money that you lose that people don’t realize and you depend on this to move forward, but you can’t.”

Other Roseburg residents said they are all for the freeze. With the recent spike in cases in both the state and county, they said this is the only way beat COVID-19.

“If we don’t nip it in the bud, we could potentially be in big time trouble,” said Joanne Bennett. “So, I would go for a two-week pause, to get us back on track.”

The measures are set to begin next Wednesday, Nov. 18, and last through Dec. 2.

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