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Douglas County restaurants open for indoor dine-in under ‘high risk’ guidelines

At Nellie’s Deli and Tap House in Sutherlin, owner Nellie Edelman told KEZI 9 News that they’re excited to welcome their customers back indoors.

Posted: Mar 26, 2021 4:40 PM

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- Douglas County moved into the high risk category Friday and many restaurant owners wasted no time reopening for indoor dining.

At Nellie’s Deli and Tap House in Sutherlin, owner Nellie Edelman told KEZI 9 News that they’re excited to welcome their customers back indoors.

She said they spent the last week preparing their dining space and making sure it aligns with the state’s guidelines.

“We’re still going to be at a 25 percent capacity,” said Edelman. “So we can only have about 16 people in here at a time, but all our outside tables are open to as many people as we can out there.”

Douglas County has been in the extreme risk category for about a month, which meant restaurants and bars had to be closed for indoor dining.

Edelman said it was a tough month, but she’s grateful for the support.

“We have the best following, our customers are the greatest,” said Edelman. “They keep coming back even though our doors are closed, they keep coming getting food to go.”

In the high risk category, restaurants and bars can be opening for indoor dining at 25 percent capacity or 50 people max, which ever comes first.

Douglas County’s risk level will be re-evaluated on April 6.

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