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Regional Interests

How restaurants in extreme risk counties are coping with indoor dining shutdown

Carlo Lamagna, the owner and chef of Magna Kusina in Portland, Oregon, poses for a portrait inside his closed restaurant on Friday, March 27, 2020. Gov. Kate Brown has prohibited indoor dining again, effective April 30, 2021.
Carlo Lamagna, the owner and chef of Magna Kusina in Portland, Oregon, poses for a portrait inside his closed restaurant on Friday, March 27, 2020. Gov. Kate Brown has prohibited indoor dining again, effective April 30, 2021.

On Friday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown officially put fifteen counties into what’s known as the “extreme risk” category. That means a return to stricter capacity limits on places like movie theaters and gyms — and a complete ban on indoor dining. It affects counties where some of the biggest cities in the state are located, including Portland, Eugene, Salem, Bend and Medford. We hear what this means for three restaurant owners: Betsy McDonald of The Lemon Tree, Carlo Lamagna of Magna, and Valarie Rachelle of the Oregon Cabaret Theatre.

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