SEVERE WX : Red Flag Warning View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Restrictions on restaurants loosen, wait staffs return to work

Under Phase II guidelines, restaurants are able to have more customers eat inside their restaurant which is bringing more waiters back to work.

Posted: Jun 5, 2020 6:00 PM
Updated: Jun 5, 2020 6:10 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — With restaurant doors opening just a bit wider under Phase II guidelines in Oregon, the dining area is also seeing more servers return to the workforce.

At Kaleidoscope Pizzeria and Pub, that's exactly what's happening.

When restaurants shut down in March at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in Oregon, Kaleidoscope furloughed nearly all of its wait staff. According to owner Jake Allmaras, the servers all accepted being furloughed voluntarily. Even then, it was still tough for some of the servers.

"It was a little scary, to be honest," Mindy Herndon, a server and manager at Kaleidoscope for nearly five years said. "But I was also glad that the community was taking care of business and making sure that the community stayed safe."

But with Phase I and II reopening in all five southern Oregon counties, the wait staff at the award-winning pizza spot in Medford are just about all returning.

"I think all of our wait staff with maybe one or two exceptions came back when we reopened dine-in," Allmaras said. "So they're happy to be here."

Allmaras said everyone wishes they could just return to how business was before they closed their doors in March, but he and the wait staff know they will need to be patient. Either way, the servers are excited to see people coming through their doors.

"It felt great, super excited to be back to work and to see the people getting back out in the community, kids especially," Herndon said. "It was really nice to see little kids out and getting to enjoy themselves."

For more information on what is allowed in Phase II, click here.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 32820

Reported Deaths: 543
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah7184138
Marion468394
Washington451960
Umatilla297641
Clackamas240861
Malheur162723
Lane121017
Jackson11485
Deschutes84012
Yamhill75713
Jefferson5348
Polk53015
Linn52213
Morrow4996
Lincoln48213
Union4462
Benton3106
Wasco2923
Klamath2802
Hood River2510
Douglas2324
Clatsop2120
Josephine1982
Columbia1711
Coos1570
Baker942
Crook621
Tillamook530
Lake330
Curry310
Wallowa311
Sherman180
Harney120
Grant100
Gilliam80
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 809890

Reported Deaths: 15606
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2678016514
Riverside581781189
San Bernardino54478925
Orange533151216
San Diego46610776
Kern31947369
Fresno28336382
Sacramento22269406
Alameda21189406
Santa Clara21153312
San Joaquin20194441
Contra Costa16572205
Stanislaus16452354
Tulare15970263
Ventura12729150
Imperial11835317
San Francisco11143101
Monterey988471
San Mateo9843150
Santa Barbara9061113
Merced8872142
Kings756980
Sonoma7412122
Marin6716118
Solano630963
Madera448165
Placer357745
San Luis Obispo354629
Butte282744
Yolo280355
Santa Cruz23589
Sutter170511
Napa168113
San Benito134511
Yuba11537
El Dorado11274
Mendocino93118
Shasta85617
Lassen7400
Glenn5783
Tehama5605
Lake54911
Nevada5347
Colusa5296
Humboldt5017
Calaveras31714
Amador29616
Tuolumne2274
Inyo18715
Mono1652
Siskiyou1650
Del Norte1391
Mariposa752
Plumas500
Modoc270
Trinity160
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Medford
Clear
52° wxIcon
Hi: 95° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 52°
Brookings
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 82°
Crater Lake
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 46°
Grants Pass
Clear
61° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 61°
Klamath Falls
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 46°
Critical fire danger Monday
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events