Created: November 18, 2020 10:35 PM
DURANGO C.O.— New Mexico isn’t the only place where businesses have to make drastic new changes. Starting Friday, indoor dining in La Plata County will be prohibited in an effort to reduce virus transmission rates.
“We have a lot of evidence that disease is transmitted in those settings—indoors when you're comfortable removing a mask because you're eating and drinking and socializing with your friends” said Brian Devine, Interim Environmental Health Director for San Juan Basin Public Health.
Mark Anderson, owner of Happy Pappys Pizza n Wings in Durango, has only been open since August. He said he has faith in his food and his customers to see these times through.
“I knew it was gonna be tough, you know, but I know we got a great product and really the bottom line— if you got a good business and you got good people and you make your customers feel happy, everything will be fine,” he said.
Last week, La Plata County was at Level Orange, a high risk area where restaurants had to limit dine-in capacity to 25%. Now the county is at Level Red.
“We now have this level red available to us, which really targets those outdoor settings and so again, we choose to be proactive and not wait for it to get completely out of control,” Devine said. “Most of the counties in Colorado, almost all of them in fact, now have enough disease to qualify for level red. We are in a better position in La Plata county than most of those counties.”
Still, health officials said they want to be prepared. For now, restaurants like Happy Pappys will continue their takeout and delivery service until further notice.
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