Restaurants preparing for larger indoor capacity as JaCo moves to ‘moderate risk’

MEDFORD, Ore. —Jackson County is moving down to the state’s moderate risk category on Friday.

Now restaurants are preparing. In moderate, restaurants can open indoor dining capacity to 50% capacity.

They were only allowed 25% while in high.

Medford’s Cicily’s Pastaria and Grill, tells us with Father’s Day weekend happening at the same time, the phones are already ringing off the hook.

“We’ve been getting calls since Wednesday actually Tuesday since everybody knows that we are going to 50% capacity and trying to get reservations,” said Patrick Preyer, GM of the restaurant.

Preyer says the change also allows him to bring on more workers.  The change to moderate doesn’t just help restaurants.

Starting Friday, movie theaters are allowed to raise their capacity from 10%to 20%.

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Jenna King is the 6pm and 11pm anchor for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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