- The Washington Times - Monday, May 18, 2020

An Oregon salon owner and mother who reopened her doors in defiance of a coronavirus-related state lockdown alleged that her son was paid a visit this month by Child Protective Services.

Lindsey Graham, owner of the Glamour Salon in Salem, reopened her business on May 5 despite being deemed “nonessential” under Gov. Kate Brown’s executive orders in March. Two days after reopening, and after receiving a letter from the city of Salem informing her she was violating her lease agreement by breaking state orders, Ms. Graham said Child Protective Services showed up at her house.

Ms. Graham told the Salem Statesman Journal that CPS officials interviewed her 6-year-old son without allowing her or her husband to be present. She said health agencies have also threatened to revoke her licenses.

“I’m risking going to jail to do it,” she said. “That’s how important it is to my family.”

Glamour Salon is located in Marion County, which was excluded from the governor’s Phase 1 reopening of certain personal care businesses. The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division, known as OSHA, said it would fine Ms. Graham $14,000 as early as Monday if she remained open. She will then be given three days to close or be fined again, the Statesman Journal reported.

″[Ms. Graham] is unquestionably operating in violation of the governor’s executive order, designed to protect workers and the public,” Aaron Corvin with OSHA told the Statesman Journal.

“Our jurisdiction is indeed limited to exposure of employees,” he said, “but as many employers in industries such as construction have learned, not everyone whose employer refers to them as an independent contractor actually falls outside our jurisdiction.”

Ms. Graham said she has no other choice.

“I’m almost broken, I’m almost closing, which is terrifying,” she said.

A GoFundMe page created May 4 by Ms. Graham raised $56,000 as of Monday morning.

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