Twisted River Saloon appeals citation

The company was recently fined $18,430.

Posted: Apr 14, 2021 4:13 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Springfield’s Twisted River Saloon has appealed their citation, which comes after state officials say they violated several COVID-19 safety protocols.

The company was recently fined $18,430, according to the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. State officials say the restaurant put employees at risk. Multiple complaints against the business led to an inspection.

MORE: TWISTED RIVER SALOON LOSES LIQUOR LICENSE FOR COVID-19 RULE VIOLATIONS

Twisted River reportedly opened for indoor dining in early January and continued the practice through the end of February, which was during a time when Lane County was considered to be at the “extreme risk” level.

The owner reportedly told inspectors he chose to reopen even though he knew it went against state requirements.

“Most employers in Oregon are striving to do the right thing by following on-the-job safety standards designed to reduce the risk to workers of COVID-19. We thank them for their efforts as part of a project we all share to defeat this virus,” said Michael Wood, administrator for Oregon OSHA. “As for those employers that insist on disregarding standards and putting workers at risk, we will continue to take enforcement action where appropriate.”

RELATED: ALONG CAME TRUDY REMAINS OPEN DESPITE FINES

In addition to allowing indoor dining, Twisted River reportedly also failed to develop and implement an infection control plan, state officials said. This involves rearranging the work space to ensure physical distancing. Lastly, officials also said the company did not conduct any COVID-19 risk assessment to identify employees’ potential exposure to the virus and how to reduce it.

Eugene
Cloudy
54° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 54°
Corvallis
Cloudy
55° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 55°
Roseburg
Cloudy
55° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 55°
North Bend
Cloudy
57° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 57°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events