Updated: November 25, 2020 06:41 PM
Created: November 25, 2020 06:06 PM
DURANGO, C.O.— A Durango restaurant is defying the Colorado governor’s orders by keeping indoor dining open.
Jerry Martinez, owner of CJ’s Diner, said they have no other choice but to keep operating.
"We feel like if we had to go back to the delivery and pick up service that we would not survive,” Martinez said.
Martinez said it’s been difficult having to close several times this year. Although business was good in the summer, he said it’s not enough.
"We’re down $220,000. Fifty percent of our business is catering, and we lost all that,” he said.
Colorado’s La Plata County is at Level Red, which means the risk for COVID-19 is severe. It also means restaurants can’t open for dining.
Martinez said he hopes to come to some sort of agreement with the health department.
"It’s like, you come tell my employees they don't have a job tomorrow because that the other piece to it. If you go down to just delivery and pick-up, nine of my employees are done,” he said.
Martinez said the support of the community has been great and has no plans to close down any time soon.
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