Coos County restaurants prepare to spend another two weeks in 'extreme risk"

Many Coos County restaurant owners told KEZI 9 News that they’re frustrated with the extension because they said these lockdowns are significantly hurting small businesses.

Posted: Mar 24, 2021 6:29 PM
Updated: Mar 24, 2021 6:30 PM

COOS COUNTY, Ore. – After two months, Coos County will be spending another two weeks in the extreme risk category.

The county is currently one of two counties in the entire state that still has to operate under tighter restrictions.

Under the extreme risk category, restaurants and bars cannot be open for indoor dining. However, they can be open for outdoor seating if they choose to.

Many Coos County restaurant owners told KEZI 9 News that they’re frustrated with the extension because they said these lockdowns are significantly hurting small businesses.

“Different businesses, different owners, I’ve seen situations where restaurants are not able to keep going,” said Miguel Ferrer, owner of Colleen’s Restaurant in Coquille.

However, Ferrer said he’s trying to make the best of the situation and stay positive.

“I come here about seven, eight in the morning,” Ferrer said. “I go home about eight, nine at night. I need to be the one who works double to keep this going.”

Stacy Murray, the owner of Spruce Street Grill in Myrtle Point said he is also trying to have a positive outlook on the situation.

“We’re winners, not losers,” Murray said. “We’ll make it and I’m not going to let this get us down.”

Murray said he’s trying to take advantage of his outdoor patio as much as possible. He said they have about 16 tables out there right now.

“It’s been full almost every day,” said Murray. “I’m happy for that. I’m very grateful for that.”

However, he said he knows how much his customers would like to get back to normal.

“They don’t want to come in and have to sit outside where it’s cold,” said Murray. “Yes, I do have some heaters. But it’s not the same.”

Coos County’s risk level will be re-evaluated on April 6 by the Oregon Health Authority.

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