State, regional lawmakers urge governor in letter to review Covid restrictions

A Covid testing kit is ready at a Nyssa drive-thru testing site earlier this year. Area lawmakers want Gov. Kate Brown to loosen Covid restrictions and laid out their plan in a three-page letter Wednesday, Nov. 18. (Kezia Setyawan/The Enterprise)

VALE – Malheur County officials joined more than 50 other elected officials to urge Gov. Kate Brown to fully open restaurants, bars, schools, state agencies, the hospitality industry and churches.

The plea, in a letter to the governor dated Wednesday, Nov. 18, came on the same day that Malheur County and the rest of the state went into a two-week freeze of some business activities to stop the spread of the Covid virus.

Brown’s new Covid mandates restricted indoor and outdoor gatherings, slashed the number of people that can attend faith-based gatherings . . .