Benton County Restaurants, Bars Receive Zero COVID-19 Rule Violations 

 Following a month of compliance checks by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), Benton County and other Eugene region bars and restaurants have received zero COVID-19 rule violations. In fact, The Register-Guard reported that “since July 3, more than 93 percent of the OLCC-licensed establishments across the state visited by inspectors were found to be compliant with physical distancing and mask requirements.”  

OLCC verbal instructions provide licensees with an opportunity to follow an inspector’s guidance into compliance, rather than receiving a formal violation. OLCC made a total of 3,654 compliance checks in the Portland Metro region, Salem region, Bend region, Medford region, and Eugene region, according to The Register Guard. The Portland Metro region received the most compliance visits, while the Eugene region—which includes Benton, Douglas, Lane, Lincoln, and Linn counties—received the fewest.   

According to The Register-Guard, Eugene region bars and restaurants underwent 351 visits, and received 37 verbal instructions in total. Verbal instruction was the most common action taken by inspectors statewide.   

In a Wednesday news release, Gov. Kate Brown said, “I’d like to thank Oregonians, business owners and local officers for stepping up to the plate to help make sure we are all wearing face coverings, keeping our physical distance, and working together to keep our friends, neighbors, loved ones and fellow Oregonians safe.”  

By Jada Krening