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COVID-19. Many Portland restaurants have temporarily closed due to employees who tested positive for

The 1905 jazz club is one of several Portland businesses that closed this week because of an Omicron version of the issue as matters skyrocketed.

Portland, Ore. —Many Portland restaurants are starting to feel the effects of the Omicron version, and some have even closed because too many employees tested positive for COVID-19.

1905, a jazz club in North Portland, was one of the establishments that closed this week due to positive COVID-19 cases among employees. The club typically features live jazz performances seven days a week, along with a full kitchen and bar.

Co-owner Aaron Barnes said, “Omicron’s impact has been relentless. It’s impacted us in terms of the number of customers and some employees it’s had and it’s taking a toll.”

He said the club had recently overcome staffing shortages – then a handful of staff tested positive.

“We don’t have a super deep bench,” Barnes said. “So when we are under a few people, it has a dramatic effect on our ability to offer the best products and services.”

Omicron isn’t the only business in the 1905 Portland area to feel the effects of the wave.

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Dublin pub, Eame, a Thai restaurant and cocktail bar in North Portland, and Lottie & Zula’s sandwich shop in Northeast Portland all posted on social media this week that they were temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Will go

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“This feels like a big punch in the gut for me and the team,” Lottie & Zula wrote on Facebook. “We’ve all been vaccinated and raised so we stand a good chance of getting it and doing so as soon as it’s safe for us to do so.”

Back in 1905, Barnes said that safety for customers and employees was his top priority.

“It has to be, I mean if we don’t have employees we can’t work, if we don’t have customers we can’t work,” he said. “So we’re doing everything we can to protect both sides. Even with the musicians.”

Jazz clubs require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to enter. Barnes said owners are now considering additional safety protocols as they hope to reopen next week.

“I’m excited to see what we can do with it. I think we can maintain what we do and share the art with our community.”

1905 is eyeing their possible reopening next Wednesday. Meanwhile, the club has started a GoFundMe to support its musicians and staff who are temporarily out of work.

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