OLCC Suspends Alcohol License of Coos Bay Speedway
Event draws big crowd, but few face coverings, no social distancing
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission issued an Order of Immediate License Suspension to the owners of Coos Bay Speedway in Coos County for violating social distancing and face covering requirements. The business, which holds a Limited On-Premises sales license, is NOT allowed to sell any alcoholic beverages until further notice.
On Friday, August 14, the operators of the Coos Bay Speedway staged an event with a crowd OLCC compliance staff estimated to be attended by 1000 or more people. Under Oregon’s Phase 2 re-opening rules counties and operators are required to limit outdoor gatherings to 250 people. Coos County currently is in Phase 2.
OLCC inspectors also saw that there was little, if any, social distancing between spectators, and that very 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 OHA’s Statewide Mask, Face Shield and Face Covering Guidance when it failed to require its patrons to wear face coverings at the track. Track staff were not wearing face coverings and there was wide spread failure of attendees and staff to maintain at least six feet of distance between themselvs and others. With such a large crowd, the six foot distance rule was all but ignored.
The OLCC investigation is continuing and, by law, the licensee is entitled to exercise their administrative hearing rights to challenge the OLCC’s actions.