Douglas County officials urge patience as some counties to reopen soon

A restaurant in Roseburg has opened against the governor's executive order.

Posted: May 8, 2020 6:32 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Public health officials in Douglas County are urging residents to remain patient as Gov. Kate Brown will soon be deciding which counties can begin phase one of reopening.

However, officials refused to comment directly on a local restaurant that has already reopened for dine-in service. Casey's Restaurant reopened to the public on Wednesday against Brown's executive order. The owners told KEZI 9 News Thursday that they’re following all social distancing guidelines inside the restaurant.


Public health officer Bob Dannenhoffer said he doesn’t want to comment on anything political anyone is doing in the county. Instead, he said he wants to continue to remind people of Brown’s guidelines to stay safe during the pandemic.

"From a public health standpoint, we encourage people stay home and stay healthy, social distance if they go out and wear a mask,” said Dannenhoffer.

He said patience is key.

“I hope people know that we’re close to reopening parts of Oregon, and people should look forward to that,” said Dannenhoffer.

Some restaurant owners said they didn’t think it was worth it to reopen, especially because Brown already plans to reopen them on May 15.

“Other people make different decisions,” said Michael Emmaunil, owner of Alexanders Greek Cuisine. "We all have to live with the decisions and I’d rather lean on the side of caution.”

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