Oregon salon owner fined $14K for reopening shop against lockdown order; vows to stay open

by Adam Ford · May 17th, 2020 9:21 am
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Last Updated May 17th, 2020 at 11:07 pm

An Oregon salon owner has been fined $14,000 for reopening her business early and against Gov. Kate Brown's stay-at-home lockdown order.

Lindsey Graham, who owns and operates Glamour Salon in Salem, Oregon, reopened her business on May 5 and has continued to operate despite the state's orders mandating salons remain closed.

An OSHA spokesperson confirmed the fine and said "[Graham] is unquestionably operating in violation of the governor's executive order, designed to protect workers and the public."

Graham has been informed that she will be cited by OSHA next week and will have three days to close shop after receiving the citation or face additional punishment. She says she will stay open and continue to operate her business even if she is cited and fined a second time.

The businesswoman told FM News 101:

"This is unconstitutional and I'll fight the state in court. I've followed all the guidelines for a safe atmosphere for customers and stylists. Only one person at a time is allowed in and we wear masks, gloves, change capes, and sanitize everything in between."

Graham told KPTV shortly before reopening her salon:

"I'm risking going to jail to do it. That's how important it is to my family.

I still do not know when I will be able to come back to work and at this point, I'm deciding that it's more important for me to feed my family and pay the bills that are going to keep our home and our family alive than take the risk to remain being shut down for an undisclosed amount of time.

The longer we sit by and don't work and don't have an income, the worse our financial position becomes and I can't see it getting any worse without us having to consider losing some of our businesses, incurring more costs, or filing bankruptcy.

I'm [opening the salon]. I'm doing it despite being threatened with losing my entire livelihood. I've been a hair stylist for 15 years. I've provided for my family exclusively as a hair stylist for 15 years and now it's illegal to do hair, it's illegal to make money, and yet that's how desperate I am. I have to."

When Gov. Brown signed the stay-at-home order, she said businesses that don't comply would be shut down and those in defiance could face a Class C misdemeanor and spend up to 30 days in jail on top of fines.

A GoFundMe page has been created to raise funds for Graham and her husband.


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