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Local businesses pleased, but remain cautious, regarding new Covid mandates

Kathy Saldana, owner of Quins bar in Ontario and A Street Tavern in Vale explained why the Covid restrictions have hurt her business during the past year. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – For Kathy Saldana, the past year has been rough.

The owner of A Street Tavern in Vale and Quins Bar in Ontario, Saldana watched her two thriving businesses buckle under the weight of Covid restrictions.

Last week Saldana wasn’t sure how to react when Gov. Kate Brown announced that Malheur County dropped into the moderate risk Covid category.

“I don’t know if I believe it,” she said at the time.

Across the county, restaurants and other venues – such as theaters and museums – could open up Friday for the first time since last autumn.

For Saldana, the county . . .