Restaurant owner staying ‘positive’ as capacity tightens – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon 2021-04-07 18:52:25 –

Outdoor seating (KOIN) at Portland Restaurant during a pandemic on September 24, 2020

Portland, Oregon (KOIN) — Restaurants in Clackamas and Multnomah counties need to shrink again as the counties return to the state’s “high risk” category.

Governor Kate Brown said the upgraded risk level would come into effect on Friday.

The Clackamas County Commissioner learned about the changes during a policy session on Tuesday morning. They acknowledged that the number of cases of COVID-19 has increased in the past few weeks, but said they thought the county would be given a two-week warning period to reduce the case rate. This “care period” would have given the company more certainty in its business plan.

Brown’s office told KOIN 6 News that the two-week warning period applies to counties that have recently improved their risk levels and are now facing a move back to higher risk levels.

Clackamas County Commissioner Paul Savas said he had failed for weeks to get the governor to define a vigilance period. “The definition you just heard is relatively new,” he said. “It wasn’t there a week ago.”

Clackamas County has been in a weekly “warning” state since mid-March. In the last two weeks, the case rate has risen to 140 per 100,000 and is considered “high risk”.

Carmen Meyer, co-owner of Cha Cha Cha Milwaukie, said her restaurant is preparing to move from 50% capacity to 25% capacity from Friday. She said the news that the county had returned to “high risk” was surprising, but felt “positive about it” as the community continued to show a lot of support.

“I feel like we’re at the end of the tunnel,” Meyer said. “People get vaccinated, so we need a little more time. That way we can feel safer. It’s good that the governor takes care of us and I’m positive about it. I feel it. “

As the weather continues to improve, the restaurant will add more outdoor tables, Meyer said. We will also continue to sell margaritas for take-out.

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