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Oregon's biggest cities ordered to shut down indoor dining again, angering restaurants and small businesses
Oregon COVID restrictions, Portland riots devastating dining industry: Business owner
ChefStable owner and founder Kurt Huffman discuss how new Oregon coronavirus restrictions and Portland protests are affecting his businesses.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday that she is moving 15 of Oregon's biggest counties into the "extreme risk" category due to rising COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, forcing another shutdown of indoor dining for restaurants that have been battered by pandemic restrictions over the last 13 months.
The new shutdown will affect some of Oregon's biggest cities – including Portland, Salem, Bend and Eugene – but Gov. Brown said it is necessary to get the state's fourth wave of coronavirus under control.
"If we don’t act now, doctors, nurses, hospitals and other health care providers in Oregon will be stretched to their limits treating severe cases of COVID-19," she said in a statement Tuesday. "Today’s announcement will save lives and help stop COVID-19 hospitalizations from spiking even higher."