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Linn county residents speak on possible upgrade to extreme risk level

Some people in Albany believe a shutdown is necessary, while others think the damage to local businesses outweighs the damage done by the virus.

Posted: Apr 24, 2021 6:01 PM
Updated: Apr 24, 2021 7:26 PM

ALBANY, Ore. ---Since Governor Kate Brown announced another possible lockdown in up to 12 counties, many Oregon residents and business owners have been on edge. 

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"I think people are getting fed up right now, and wanting to return to normal,"manager at Cascade Grill Sonya Beckler said. 

The extreme risk level would mean restaurants that can't sustain outdoor dining or deliveries would have to close their doors until the risk is lowered once again.

"I don't understand that restaurants are a big spreader," Beckler said. She also said her restaurant has been maintaining all of their COVID-19 protocols, and there should be some sort of middle ground. 

Some residents in Albany believe a shutdown is necessary, while others think the damage to local businesses outweighs the damage done by the virus. 

"I think it's our fault that we've not been doing what we're supposed to do," resident Iren Rau said.

Resident Charles Wright also weighed in.

"It's just spooky. I hope with getting all of the vaccinations out there that it is actually helping and not driving us in a different direction,"Wright said. 

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