Stars and Stripes stripes.com 13 Jan, 2021 23:00 am

Defiance of virus dining bans grows as restaurants struggle

Defiance of virus dining bans grows as restaurants struggle
Even as coronavirus deaths soar, a growing number of restaurants in states across the country are reopening in defiance of strict COVID-19 rules that have shut them down for indoor dining for weeks, or even months.

As coronavirus deaths soar, a growing number of restaurants such as Carver Hangar in states across the country are reopening in defiance of strict COVID-19 rules that have shut them down for indoor dining for weeks, or even months.Indoor dining has been banned in much of Oregon for nearly two months, but the eatery 20 miles southeast of Portland was doing a booming business — and an illegal one.Kate Brown's COVID-19 indoor dining ban in their county despite the risk of heavy fines and surging coronavirus cases.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists indoor dining as a "particularly high-risk" activity.

But even as coronavirus deaths soar, a growing number of restaurants in states across the country are reopening in defiance of strict COVID-19 rules that have shut them down for indoor dining for weeks, or even months.Brown, who currently prohibits indoor dining in 26 of Oregon's 36 counties, called the move to reopen irresponsible and said it could lead to a spike in infections and deaths.

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