Pushing pause: Local business owners react to 2-week measure effective today

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Today, Gov. Kate Brown’s two-week pause to prevent the spread of COVID-19 begins across the state of Oregon. The measure puts limits on social activities, which will again impact businesses, similar to restrictions placed in mid-March. The pause means restaurants and bars will have to once again close their doors to inside patrons. Takeout and delivery will still be allowed, however. There are many other restrictions, including that grocery stores and pharmacies are supposed to scale back capacity to 75%. And some businesses must close altogether, including gyms, gardens, museums and other facilities.The newspaper checked in with local businesses to see how the pause will be impacting them.Eateries plan to keep serving customersReactions are mixed among Ontario establishments, with most already having a good stronghold in curbside delivery, due to restrictions passed earlier this year.One of those businesses includes Ogawa’s Wicked Sushi, Burgers and Bowls.“Fortunately for us, we feel very blessed. We’ve been doing pretty well with the curbside process we set up, and we’re going to keep with that and serve the community in that manner as best as possible,” said Connie Houston, who owns the restaurant with her husband.“It is …

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