The pandemic has put immense pressure on small businesses across Oregon. One article reports nearly 100,000 small businesses have permanently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. For those in a smaller Oregon town on the coast, many will be very happy to hear as of Friday, Tillamook County in Oregon has dropped from the extreme risk category for COVID-19 down to lower risk. According to sources, this allows anyone to eat inside restaurants again with up to eight people at one table with 50 percent capacity.
Also included in the coastal community allowed to reopen is gyms as they will also be allowed to operate again at 50 percent capacity. Long term facilities both inside and outsides are allowed at 50 percent capacity, and stores are said to be able to operate again at 75 percent capacity.
KGW reports that even with stricter COVID-19 restrictions, many hotels on the Oregon coast have not necessarily slowed down. The Inn Keeper at Sheltered Nook on Tillamook Bay, Hank Harguth mentioned a lot of folks come out this way only to find out the town is still locked down.
At the time of writing this, Tillamook is the only county on the North Coast that is classified as a lower risk level.