Essential local businesses are finding a way to stay open

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Food service businesses responded to the threat of the spread of COVID-19 by reducing service to take out only and altering their dining rooms to send the message that dining in is not allowed. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Jeff Goldblume’s character in “Jurassic Park” made the phrase, “Life finds a way,” famous. In many respects, the same can be said for local businesses – essential ones, at least – that are trying to “find a way” to stay open in an unstable local economy caused by containment efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order to close all nonessential businesses and his asking for a voluntary stay-at-home policy made the decision easy for many businesses. A sign in front of the Cookhouse Food Hall at Vail Headquarters alerts customers to the rule that the food they can sell is for takeout only. As of Sunday afternoon, only two of the four restaurants in the food hall planned to
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