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Restaurant operators in Ontario get break on utility bills

Fiesta Guadalajara warns customers that the restaurant is only open for to-go meals and delivery for now. (The Enterprise/file)

ONTARIO – More help is on the way for beleaguered restaurant owners in Ontario.

Following a unanimous vote Thursday by the Ontario City Council, restaurant owners can get forgiven for utility bills December, January and February. This means that costs like water and sewage that are normally paid to the city will be waived.

A state order closed Malheur County restaurants to indoor dining in November, leaving restaurants and bars struggling to stay afloat with carryout only.

The city’s move reprises an earlier utility forgiveness initiative for restaurants that took place during three months in summer 2020. The previous effort cost the city about $15,000, a price which city officials expect this round . . .