After a short stint serving as much as 100 individuals indoors, Portland’s eating places might want to cut back restaurant capability as soon as once more beginning April 9. Multnomah and Clackamas counties will re-enter the state’s “excessive threat” class for COVID-19 security necessities, alongside 4 different counties. For no less than two weeks, the excessive threat counties’ eating places can’t serve greater than 50 individuals indoors or at 25 p.c capability, whichever is smaller; the state will reassign county threat ranges on April 20, to enter impact April 23.
In early March, Multnomah County’s case counts dropped low sufficient that Gov. Kate Brown allowed the county to enter the “moderate risk” category. That class allowed eating places to serve extra individuals each indoors and open air, and serve bigger teams of individuals outdoors (eight individuals per desk, versus six). Nevertheless, since then, the state’s case counts have been rising: Multnomah County reported 84 new COVID-19 circumstances on April 4, and the county has been having extra triple-digit days of latest circumstances since late March.
Deschutes, Klamath, Linn, and Tillamook are all coming into the high-risk class on April 9, as effectively. That can usually cut up the state between excessive and decrease threat classes: From April 9 to April 22, there shall be 14 high-risk counties, six at reasonable threat, and 16 within the decrease threat class.
As circumstances rise, the county is trying to vaccinate as many individuals as potential to curb the unfold: Gov. Brown introduced that all Oregonians over 16 years old will be eligible for the vaccine on April 19, one more acceleration of the state’s vaccination timeline. Restaurant and grocery staff turned eligible for the vaccine April 5, in addition to different susceptible populations.
“We’re at a important second on this pandemic as we face extra contagious variants of COVID-19 taking maintain in our communities,” Brown mentioned in a press launch. “Now greater than ever it’s crucial that all of us proceed carrying masks, keep bodily distance, keep residence when sick, and get the vaccine when it’s out there to you.”
• New county risk levels [Official]
• New COVID-19 cases in Oregon [OHA]
• Multnomah, Clackamas returning to ‘High Risk’ category [KOIN]
• All Oregonians over 16 will be eligible for COVID vaccine April 19 [O]