Springfield restaurant faces big fine for COVID-19 violations

Twisted River Saloon has thirty days to appeal the citation.

Posted: Apr 12, 2021 4:09 PM
Updated: Apr 12, 2021 4:14 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Springfield’s Twisted River Saloon has been fined $18,430 for violating COVID-19 safety protocols, according to the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services.

State officials say the restaurant violated three standards, putting employees at risk. 

The citation comes after an inspection launched due to multiple complaints against the business.

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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.”

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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.

Twisted River Saloon has thirty days to appeal the citation.

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