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Area businesses react to new Covid mandates issued by the governor

Brandon Mott, of the Diamond Gallery in Ontario, looks through a catalog of rings last week. Mott said the Covid pandemic made an impact on the local jewelry store early in the year but business picked up later (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – When Malinda Castleberry opened Mal’s Diner in Vale three years ago her goals were modest.

“It was to be a happy place, a place where everyone could go to find happiness over a meal,” said Castleberry. “You can’t do that over takeout.”

Now Castleberry is back to the drawing board after Gov. Kate Brown mandated a two-week pause that required bars and restaurants to revert to providing only takeout service.

Castleberry is like thousands of other small restaurant owners across the state who, once again, must be content with . . .