Complaints some businesses are skirting governor’s ban prompts response from county health official

Malheur County Health Department Director Sarah Poe said her office received complaints some select businesses in the county are not following Gov. Kate Brown's order issued last month to stop the COVID-19 virus outbreak. (The Enterprise/File).

ONTARIO – Some residents and businesses around Malheur County are skirting a directive by the governor to stay home, according to Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department director.

Late last month Gov. Kate Brown ordered all barbers and hairdressing business in the state to close in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Poe said the local complaints from “people I trust in the local medical community” center on some hair salons.

“Concerns are that salons are still operating, with people parking in the back or moving work off-site,” said Poe.

Poe said salons were “especially high risk,” because of the . . .