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Southwest Colorado restaurants forced to reduce capacity

Diana Castillo
Updated: November 12, 2020 06:43 PM
Created: November 12, 2020 05:38 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Restaurant capacity will change in southwestern Colorado due to a spike in COVID-19 cases.

The owner of Baked in Bayfield said this year has been all about adapting.

"We went from completely closed down the end of last winter to then 50% capacity and outdoor dining, but now we're losing our outdoor dining because of the weather," Woody Swazey said.

Starting Friday, restaurants La Plata County will have to operate at 25% capacity.

Health officials say limiting  capacity can help reduce transmission rates. Swazey says the new changes will only allow for at least seven people to dine-in. The restaurant will still offer takeout.

"In a small town, I think were really lucky," he said. "This is a great community that has really supported the businesses within the community" 

Swazey said he will do what he can to stay in business. He plans to put a tent in their outdoor dining area. He says they will add heaters for the winter.

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