Apparently, outside is the new inside as the city of Portland is looking into ways that we can reopen businesses as well as exercise caution until a vaccine for the Corona Virus has been pinpointed. According to the City of Portland's website. The city is prepared to give permits and grant us of city property to allow outdoor usage for downtown businesses. This includes restaurants.

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"We worked quickly across several departments to put together a proposal that would give our small business community a number of useful tools to assist them as they seek to reopen or expand their operations in accordance with the State's guidance for a June 1 opening. This a pilot program with a number of temporary policy changes that, if approved, we hope will help businesses as they seek to begin safely serving patrons again," said City Manager Jon Jennings. "

This is exciting news for Portland as business leaders and politicians have put their heads together to find a viable solution to the issue. This will all be in time for summer, flip flops and maks may not co-exist well, but after being sheltered in place for eight weeks, we will take what we can get. Does this excite you as much as it excites me?