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Oregon Bans Dine-In Business at Restaurants and Bars Indefinitely

Today’s announcement extends the current executive order prohibiting onsite consumption until Oregon Gov. Kate Brown lifts the ban

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Oregon restaurant dining room
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Brooke Jackson-Glidden is the editor of Eater Portland.

Gov. Kate Brown has extended her ban on dine-in business at Oregon bars and restaurants in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ban, which went into effect March 17, was originally planned to last for at least four weeks; instead, the ban will last “until lifted by the governor.”

“We all want to return to a day where we can frequent the restaurants and businesses that have given Oregon its well-deserved culinary reputation and provided so many jobs for Oregonians,” Brown said in a statement. “I wish I could say there was a date certain when that could happen. But it would be irresponsible to lift these restrictions in the middle of this outbreak.”

The decision to extend the ban was tied to her “Stay Home, Save Lives” order, which created new social distancing requirements for Oregonians. Takeout and delivery is still allowed at local businesses, and commercial evictions based on non-payment are banned until late June.

Executive Order 20-14 [Official]
Ban on in-person dining extended indefinitely in Oregon [KGW]
How Coronavirus Is Impacting the Portland Restaurant World [EPDX]