OLCC Suspends Alcohol License of Coos Bay Speedway

Event draws big crowd, over 1,000 people. But few in face coverings, with no social distancing.

Posted: Aug 22, 2020 12:03 PM
Updated: Aug 22, 2020 12:06 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.-- Oregon Liquor Control Commission issued an Order of Immediate License Suspension to the licensee of Coos Bay Speedway Enterprises in Coos County. 

The suspension is for violating public health social distancing and face covering requirements. The business,  is not allowed to sell any alcoholic beverages.

On Friday, August 14, 2020 the operators of the Coos Bay Speedway staged an event with a crowd OLCC compliance staff estimated to be over a thousand people.

Under Oregon’s Phase 2 Reopening Guidance counties venue and event operators are required to limit outdoor gatherings to 250 people; Coos County currently is in Phase 2.

OLCC 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.

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

The licensee was cited for not following:

  1. OHA’s Statewide Mask, face shield and face covering guidance when it failed to require its patrons to wear face coverings at the premises.
  2. staff were not wearing face coverings where at least six feet of distance between individuals could not be maintained and when interacting with the public.

The OLCC investigation is continuing and the licensee is entitled to exercise their administrative hearing rights to challenge the OLCC’s actions.

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