State eases Covid restrictions on Malheur County

Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday Malheur County will move from the Extreme Risk category to Moderate Risk beginning Friday. (Kezia Setyawan/The Enterprise)

This story has been updated with quotes from two area restaurant owners and Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department director.

ONTARIO – Local residents will be able to dine at local restaurants and larger gatherings will be possible after an announcement Tuesday by Gov. Kate Brown.

Brown declared Malheur County and 15 other counties have improved their Covid risk levels.

That means Malheur County, long sitting at extreme risk, will drop to moderate risk beginning Friday.

The new designation means indoor dining will be allowed for bars and restaurants up to 50% capacity. Theaters, museums and other indoor entertainment venues can open to 50% capacity or 100 . . .