Some coast businesses reopen, but financial struggles continue

BANDON, Ore. — On the Oregon coast, several businesses have reopened their doors but that doesn’t mean their financial struggles are over.

Steve and Susan Dimock have owned ‘La Kris Inn’ in Bandon since 2004. The 12-unit inn relies on the tourism the busy summer months bring.

After closing for 8 weeks with zero income, both say things have been tough.

“So far, our reservations for the summer are certainly not what we’re accustomed to, but we’re getting a lot of phone calls from people. We’ve been getting a lot of phone calls from people [saying] are you open… what do things look like for the summer,” said Steve Dimock.

They say customers are slowly starting to trickle in, but say some are still hesitant to travel and make reservations.

Since reopening, they’ve stepped up cleaning efforts and are taking extra precautions, such as having a sneeze guard at the counter, all staff wearing masks, and sanitizing everything.

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