ROSEBURG, Ore.— Casey’s Restaurant on Garden Valley Boulevard reopened for dine-in on Wednesday, 10 days before Gov. Kate Brown plans to lift restrictions for restaurants in Oregon.
The owners told KEZI 9 News that they decided to reopen as a favor to the community. They said they’re following all social distancing guidelines to make sure all of their customers and employees are safe.
Many customers said they’re proud of the owners for standing their ground.
“I felt sorry for the owners," said Owen Dawson. “They had their income significantly cut.”
In a Facebook post, the owners also said they have not been fined. However, they said the police chief visited the restaurant to remind them of the executive order.
A spokesperson for the Roseburg Police Department told KEZI 9 News that they received an anonymous complaint about the restaurant Wednesday.
They said they visited the restaurant to warn them that they may face penalties from Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Oregon Health Authority or City of Roseburg business licensing.
The Facebook post also said the owners have been in contact with county officials, who have been “very encouraging” about their decision.
However, a county spokesperson told KEZI 9 News that the Douglas County Commissioners never gave the owners permission to reopen. They said Brown is the only one with jurisdiction to allow it to happen.
But, Dawson said he believes the owners are doing the right thing.
“It’s always been a clean place,” said Dawson. “But now, I think they’re trying to do what they need to do.”