Greetings from Myrtle Creek~Tri City.

Much has changed since I last wrote for a column for Chamber Corner. Douglas County was one of 26 Oregon counties recently approved to transition from Phase 1to Phase 2 by Governor Kate Brown. While Phase 2 guidance brings good news for many of our local businesses, the COVID-19 pandemic is still a serious threat and we should continue to comply with restrictions and recommendations put forth by the Oregon Health Authority.

You can find detailed information about Phase 2 Guidance at: govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19.

Our chamber has resumed regular board and general membership meetings and we will continue to do so, taking all necessary precautions for the safety of our members and guests. Like many planned 2020 summer events throughout Oregon and Douglas County, our Music in the Park summer concerts and Summer Festival have been cancelled, but there is good news.

I am excited to report that the City of Myrtle Creek and Umpqua Golf Management recently entered into a partnership to operate our golf course, formerly Cougar Canyon, but to be renamed Myrtle Creek Golf Course.

Umpqua Golf Management also operates Oak Hills Golf Course in Sutherlin and Stewart Park Golf Course in Roseburg. Preparations are underway for a tentative course opening date of July 1. Follow progress at the Oak Hills Golf Club FaceBook page.

I have more good news! You will soon be able to “fill your growlers” at the new Taphouse Beer Bar at 113 S. Main Street, the former location of Just Bears & Stuff. The interior of the building is being remodeled and owners anticipate opening in early July. Get updates and check progress at FaceBook page: taphousemyrtlecreek.

Congratulations to Susan and Harry Harris, owners of The Happy Donut in Myrtle Creek. They were among 20 enrolled small businesses that recently celebrated a “virtual graduation” from the Small Business Management Program for Douglas County, a program offered by the Umpqua Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Many of our local businesses, including restaurants, coffee shops, barber shops, hair/nail salons, furniture, clothing and maternity wear have re-opened, expanded seating or plan to do so soon after being locked down for up to two months.

Please support them and SHOP LOCAL!

Katy Bernal is President of the Myrtle Creek~Tri City Area Chamber of Commerce.

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