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Malheur County businesses following state mandates for masks, social distancing, officials say

A sign at Mackey's Steakhouse & Pub in Ontario instructs customers to keep face coverings on when moving around the restaurant, adding, "Feel free to remove them once you are seated." (Kezia Setyawan/The Enterprise)

VALE – State and the county agencies tasked with conducting local inspections related to Covid are focused on education and resolving conflicts instead of handing out citations.

Neither the Oregon Occupation Safety and Health Administration or the Malheur County Environment Health Department are regularly inspecting local businesses to see if they are complying with state orders regarding social distancing, cleaning and masks.

Because of the high volume of Covid complaints, OSHA is contacting businesses by phone or email and “engaging them about a complaint allegations,” said Aaron Corvin, a spokesman for OSHA.

“A complaint is like a tip . . .