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Racetrack's Liquor License Suspended After Violating Phase 2 Reopening Guidelines

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A racetrack in Coos County had its liquor license suspended after violating public health social distancing and face covering requirements.

On August 14 the Coos Bay Speedway held an event with an estimated 1,000 people. Under Oregon’s Phase 2 Reopening Guidance, outdoor gatherings are limited to 250 people; Coos County currently is in Phase 2.

Oregon Liquor Control Commission inspectors also saw that there was an absence of social distancing between spectators, and that few of the race track staff or patrons were wearing face coverings, including people serving alcohol.

After the initial investigation, Coos Bay Speedway was cited for not following OHA’s Statewide Mask, Face Shield and Face Covering Guidance and their liquor license was revoked.

The licensee of record is Coos Bay Speedway Enterprises; Drake Nelson, Managing Member, and Kimberly Nelson, Member.

The investigation is ongoing.

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