Following rising cases of COVID-19, Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon recently announced last Friday restaurants would not be allowed to offer indoor dining across 15 counties in Oregon as she moved the counties into the “extreme risk” category. According to Willamette Week, more than 300 COVID-19 patients are in Oregon hospitals, and the weekly average for hospitalizations rose 14.9%.
Just on the heels of the closure, Kate Brown has announced early Tuesday evening that this Friday, restaurants, and bars can open again Friday. As expected, restaurant and bar owners have lashed out at Brown recently, due to economic hardships as a result of small businesses in Oregon being closed. Brown has insisted the closures are necessary to get Oregon’s fourth wave of coronavirus under control. As business owners in Oregon become increasingly frustrated with the situation, many have refused to close. One bar recently in Gresham defied the governor’s
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