Bos Taurus and 900 Wall restaurants had tented seating areas on NW Minnesota Avenue in early April.

Your favorite restaurant or bar was likely already struggling to survive during the pandemic. On Friday, it could get hit again.

Gov. Kate Brown is scheduled to announce Tuesday whether or not she will shut down indoor dining in Crook and Deschutes counties and other counties across the state as COVID infections climb.

Restaurants and bars aren’t the only businesses that may feel the restrictions. Gyms and movie theaters would, too. They are all in a battle to survive.

Who can make a difference? You.

Visit them this week. Order takeout or delivery. And if the shutdown order hits, keep ordering. Stay away and a business that has survived this long may go away. Don’t let that happen.

Their precarious financial position is not their fault. Yes, some businesses flouted the rules about distancing and masks. Most did not. Most made every effort to comply.

If you are frustrated or just plain tired of the pandemic rules, join the club. Tell Gov. Brown. Don’t take it out on local businesses.

The city of Bend stepped in to help businesses by allowing some to expand their operations outdoors and into parking spaces. Can’t you step up, too?

It’s not only about protecting the businesses. It’s about their employees. They need jobs. They are working in an industry that has many of them in contact with people and likely at greater risk.

We’d like to put in a plug as well for The Bulletin’s joint effort with Scalehouse, a collaborative for the arts. They are trying to raise donations to help Central Oregon’s creative artists. Musicians, performers, artists and more have the pandemic warp their careers and incomes. The effort is about halfway to its goal of $40,000. The money will be distributed as grants to local artists. More information is available here: tinyurl.com/CentralOregoncares. Could you donate to help them out?

Make a donation. Save an artist. Order takeout. Save a job.

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Just think about that at least a couple facts. Oregon has had among the lowest infection rates in the nation, and were listed only ahead of Hawaii. Yet recently, we had the 2nd highest infection rate in the nation. There is also a growing body of science, which I have linked to in the past, that fails to show any significant differences in the transmission rates when comparing countries around the world and states to other states. What if the mandatory measures have nothing to do with controlling the transmission rate and our policies only appear to be affecting the transmission rates, but at a high cost? Might it be worth reconsidering the mandatory restrictions?

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