Eugene, OR -

Lane County officials are considering temporarily closing a courthouse plaza dedicated to free speech where protesters began camping two weeks ago.

The county's health officer says the risk of disease transmission is too high, and the plaza should be cleaned up.

The Eugene Register-Guard  reports county officials are expressing growing frustration with the protest.

The paper says county officials say it's an emergency closure that would likely last about a month, while the county commissioners consider reducing the area protesters could use by making only a part of the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza a "designated free speech area."

The protesters say Eugene lacks legal camping areas for homeless people.