Restaurants and gyms prepare to reopen

Here's the measures restaurants and gyms will be taking to keep customers safe.

Posted: May 14, 2020 7:39 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Restaurants, bars and gyms are just a couple of the sectors that are allowed to reopen under phase one on Friday.

North Fork is one of those restaurants choosing to open back up, and they said they're thrilled to be able to feed people again.

They’re taking extra steps to make sure everyone and everything is safe inside including the food they serve.


Deliveries usually come through the back door and straight into the kitchen. Now, they will be stopped in the hallway, unpacked and washed all before entering the kitchen.

There is also a sign on the door warning deliverers of the changes so that they can limit contact as much as possible.

Under Gov. Kate Brown's guidance for restaurants, bars, breweries, wineries, tasting rooms and distilleries in this first phase, they must limit the number of customers on the premises. They must ensure their tables are six feet apart including when customers approach or leave tables.

Also, they must limit parties to ten people or fewer and all employees will have to wear face coverings at all times. You have to be done eating and drinking by 10 at night. Finally, they have to minimize employee bare hand contact with food through use of utensils.

Employees at North Fork told KEZI 9 News that staff members were eager to come back and help clean the restaurant, which shows how close knit they all are.

“To have staff come in and be so happy just to come in and clean means we are doing something that they want to be a part of. Keeping that family together again and the atmosphere is really great," head chef Alex Lowe said.

Izumi is also planning on reopening on Friday with strict social distancing guidelines in place.

They have signs reminding customers to social distance, they added plexiglass at the register, customers must swipe their own cards during payment and they added hand sanitizing stations.

"We're looking at about fifteen tables available so that's why we are asking people to be patient especially on a Friday or Saturday when I know everyone is going to be excited to go out. It is going to be a little slower than normal. Just be patient,” Izumi head server Laura Keck said.

Gyms are also planning on reopening on Friday as long as they can follow the required guidelines.

People have to keep at least six feet of distance between one another and there's no contact sports or sharing equipment.

If a facility has a shower, sauna, steam room or any type of pool, they are required to close them until further notice.

There will also be no drop-in child care at these facilities.

In addition to safety protocols like wiping down equipment after every use, they must record client contact information to help health officials with contact tracing.

Burn Boot Camp expects to open up by next Monday so that they're able to make all the adjustments needed.

“Everyone will also have their temperature taken when they come in and prescreening will be done so we feel very its very safe and clean. However, we understand that people are still uncomfortable so we will continue to offer our live interactive Zoom workouts for the foreseeable future," Tiffany Coven, owner of Burn Boot Camp, said.

Coven said unlike other gyms, they're fortunate because they're able to limit how many people come into their facility because you sign up for the camps.

They will only be allowing 20 people in at one time and will assign a place on the mat and set of equipment for each person.

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