Social distancing concerns expressed in Douglas County

The Douglas County Courthouse will reopen to the public on Monday.

Posted: Apr 26, 2020 6:28 PM
Updated: Apr 26, 2020 6:29 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Douglas County Courthouse will reopen Monday for public access, as announced by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, and some worry the board's actions may be emboldening some to ignore social distancing guidelines.

Officials encourage the community to continue following the social distancing procedures that are in place.

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There are Roseburg residents who do not want to see the rules loosened too soon.

“I am concerned about people being over-anxious to get out before we are really ready,” Douglas County resident Fair Hewitt said.

Hewitt said that she has been finding activities to occupy her time that still allow her to follow the proper social distancing rules.

“My husband has several health issues that cause me to be isolated a little more, and our age is a factor as well,” Hewitt said. “I’m finding ways to engage in more reading. I’m working on puzzles.”

Others are worried about the activity within the town being busier than normal, even just over the last few days.

“It is a little bit scary,” resident Debbie Rose said. “I'm still going to protect myself. I use a mask when I go into the grocery store and stay distanced. I think just taking some precautions would be advisable right away, because you just don't know if it's going to resurge or what. I just want to keep everyone safe and myself safe.”

With Governor Kate Brown’s order urging Oregonians to stay at home, many residents wonder what the next few weeks will look like.

“The statistics are not there to prove it’s safe to be okay to be out,” Hewitt said. I’m a little bit leery of that.”

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