JACKSONVILLE, Ore. -- Restaurants in Jacksonville are preparing to offer limited indoor dining starting this weekend.
Under current state health guidelines for counties in the "High Risk" level, Jackson County restaurants can only have up to 50 people indoors.
Businesses like the Jacksonville Inn say they have a long to-do list to take care of before they can seat people at their tables. They’ll have to order kitchen supplies and do some maintenance work.
Co-owner Jerry Evans says he looks forward to seeing people dine indoors again, but says the pandemic is still taking its toll on the restaurant industry.
“It's almost impossible to be profitable right now,” Evans said. “We can keep people employed, but it's going to be an absolute disaster for the industry if we don't get through this pandemic thing – it's just very, very difficult.”
Christian Hamilton, co-owner of Bella Union, says he looks forward to having indoor dining again, but he’s also a little apprehensive.
“I noticed that three counties raised in risk level, which I find concerning,” Hamilton said. “I don't want to every two weeks have to make another change. So, although we're excited, it's with a little bit of apprehension.”
Hamilton says they’ll be busy trying to get a hold of staff and making sure they have enough restaurant supplies.