EUGENE, Ore.-- Lane County officially lowered to the moderate risk category Friday, allowing restaurants to open up their dining rooms to 50% capacity.
The loosened restrictions also allow for six people to sit at one table at a time. Outdoor capacity is also raised to 150 people with eight people per table. Nick Larsen, the co-owner of the Tap and Growler in Eugene said he's delighted the county is one step closer to be fully reopened.
"I love that we go to moderate risk on a day that's nice and sunny outside and people are going to want the outdoor dining so that's a good thing," Larsen said. "But the fact that we're reopening it certainly increased our indoor capacity, we can serve more people, we have the staffing for it. It's great for them to get back to work more consistently."
Also allowed to reopen more are gyms and movie theaters. Those establishments can have 50% capacity as well. Retail stores and malls can have 75% capacity.
Larsen said he is grateful for the community's support through the shutdown and being in the extreme risk zone for nearly four months.
"We're still standing not because of anything special we did but because of how supportive this community was over the past four, five months," Larsen said. "Because believe me I know how difficult it is for it be 30 degrees, pouring rain saying you know what we're going to have a beer not just because we're thirst but because we are going to support this community, we're going support businesses in this community."