Portland restaurants fear difficulties of reopening under governor’s draft guidelines

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – A draft from Governor Kate Brown’s office details what restaurants will be required to do in order to reopen in Oregon.

Under those draft guidelines restaurants, bars, breweries and tasting rooms will have a long list of requirements.

Lisa Schroeder is the executive chef and owner of Mother’s Bistro in Portland.

She says these draft guidelines are going to make it tough for many restaurants to stay open.

“How are going to make it, how are they going to make a living,” Schroeder said. “Will they have to raise their prices to be able to balance out that less guests can come in?”

The draft covers everything from distancing and occupancy, where tables would be required to be spaced six feet apart with the number of customers limited to 50 percent of a business capacity.

“You base your numbers on the ability to feed a certain number of people,” Schroeder said. “If you have to cut that number in half how do you pay that rent? How do you pay for all that?”

Schroeder says Mother’s Bistro recently expanded so she thinks the restaurant will be able to work with the social distancing guidelines….

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