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With caution and care, Malheur County edges into a new phase, balancing health and the economy

Fiesta Guadalajara was among area restaurants that had been open only for to-go meals and delivery for now. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

Malheur County residents take a step towards normalcy Friday as the state eases restrictions that have darkened some businesses and left people at home for two months.

Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday announced that Malheur County could move to reopen, and businesses across the county prepared to do just that.

For the first time in weeks, restaurants plan to allow people in to sit down for meals instead of grabbing them to go. The dining experience will be unlike anything diners have experienced as guests will be kept apart, workers will be wearing masks and the likely smell of disinfectant mingles with the scents of bacon and burgers.

Barbers and hairdressers are . . .