Portland, Oregon 2021-04-07 18:52:25 –
Portland, Oregon (KOIN) — Restaurants in Clackamas and Multnomah counties need to shrink again as the counties return to the state’s “high risk” category.
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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