As Covid spreads, Malheur County task force recommends again limiting some local gatherings

A county task force charged with responding to the Covid outbreak plan to ask the county to restrict the size of local gatherings this week. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

ONTARIO – A local Covid task force plans to recommend the county again scale back the size of indoor and outdoor gatherings to counter a significant rise in local cases of the infection.

Sarah Poe, director of the Malheur County Health Department, said the task force will urge the county to limit gatherings to 10 people inside and 25 outside. Now the limit is 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors, though there are some exceptions to that rule for facilities such as churches.

“Our recommendations would not impact churches or restaurants who are able to complying with Phase II (reopening) recommendations,” said Poe.

Poe said . . .