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Lane County restaurants and bars open for indoor dining

Under the Oregon Health Authority's guidelines, Lane County restaurants are allowed to operate at either 25 percent capacity or a maximum of 50 people at one time, whichever is smaller.

Posted: Feb 26, 2021 9:03 PM
Updated: Mar 5, 2021 7:58 PM

EUGENE, Ore -- As Lane County moves from Extreme Risk to High Risk, many local restaurants and bars are offering limited indoor dining.

Under the Oregon Health Authority's guidelines, Lane County restaurants are allowed to operate at either 25 percent capacity or a maximum of 50 people at one time, whichever is smaller.

Other restrictions are also in place including an 11:00 p.m. closing time and a six person maximum per table.

KEZI spoke to many restaurant owners who are excited to welcome customers back for indoor dining.

"We're just looking forward to doing what we love and hopefully staying busy," Chelsy Navarro, owner of Chacha's Hawaiian Grill said.

Chacha's Hawaiian Grill opened during October and only offered indoor dining for about three weeks before being forced to close down.

The shift into the High Risk category means Chacha's Hawaiian Grill can now have up to 46 customers in the restaurant at the same time.

KEZI also spoke to a bartender who is looking forward to welcoming back some of her regular customers.

Linda Brown has worked for The Delta Bar in Eugene since 2013.

"We've got some elderly customers that we'd like to be coming in, but obviously with it being chilly outside they haven't been," Brown said. "I know they're looking forward to it."

According to Brown, a group of elderly customers who used to frequent the bar every week before the pandemic dined inside Friday for the first time in several months.

The Delta Bar still plans to offer outdoor dining, but has the capacity to allow about 12 people to eat indoors at one time.

The Oregon Health Authority's guidelines for indoor dining highly recommend takeout at this stage.

According to Lane County public health officials, residents should remain vigilant and continue to social distance and wear masks to prevent community spread.

Gov. Kate Brown will announce updates to the county risk levels the week beginning March 8, 2021.

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