Governor says ‘yes’ to Malheur County – a step back to normal starts Friday

Jolts and Juice continues to serve customers by taking orders outside the coffee shop. Pictured: Barista Kelsi Marvin with customers Corinthia Mitchell, Tyler Wentz, Oscar Tamez and Brent Watkins. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

Gov. Kate Brown is allowing Malheur County to open more of its businesses and activities on Friday, the county announced Thursday morning.

A formal announcement from the governor is expected at a news conference later Thursday morning.

Sarah Poe, director of the Malheur County Health Department, said word of the approval for the county’s detailed plan to open came in a letter from the governor.

Under terms of the approval, businesses that were ordered closed, such as barbers and hairdressers, can open again – but with limitations. Restaurants and bars can now once again serve patrons inside, but with restrictions on seating . . .