MEDFORD, Ore --- Seasonal businesses are wondering when they will be able to open this summer, if at all. That leaves uncertainty for many companies that rely on income during these next few months.
This is normally when summer seasonal businesses would start ramping up. "This should be the time where we are actually looking for more help not sending people home." said Delando Pegan. He is one of the owners of Rellik Winery. "Typically this time of year we would have a handful of guides running around and putting boats on the water" said William Volpert. He is the co-owner of Indigo Creek Outfitters.
One of the things Indigo Creek Outfitters does is white water rafting. "We are basically ready to go, because I've had an incredible amount of time to get things ready." said Volpert. During a normal year the companies first trip would be on April 2nd. The season would finish up around September. "It will be very difficult if we have a scenario where we go a full season without earned revenue." said Volpert.
"If we can't get to some sort of normalcy especially by June 1st, we will definitely be in trouble." said Pegan. Rellik Winery is open all year. Pegan says the bulk of their business is in the summer time. There are weddings and different events that happen. "We've been lucky enough to reschedule. So hopefully those will still work out." said Pegan. Wineries also need wine and to make wine you need people. Just a few weeks ago Rellik Winery was working on making a lot more wine. "If it continues like this we have to diminish what we obligated ourselves to make next year." said Pegan.
For now both of these owners are going to wait and see when they can open.