Portland Restaurants Will Need to Reduce Indoor Capacity Again as Cases Rise

After a brief stint serving up to 100 people indoors, Portland’s restaurants will need to reduce restaurant capacity once again starting April 9. Multnomah and Clackamas counties will re-enter the state’s “high risk” category for COVID-19 safety requirements, alongside four other counties. For at least two weeks, the high risk counties’ restaurants can’t serve more than 50 people indoors or at 25 percent capacity, whichever is smaller; the state will reassign county risk levels on April 20, to go into effect April 23.

In early March, Multnomah County’s case counts dropped low enough that Gov. Kate Brown allowed the county to enter the “moderate risk” category. That category allowed

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