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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was cited for not following OHA’s Statewide Mask, Face Shield and Face Covering Guidance and their liquor license was revoked.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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Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Sociology.