Newport salon owner faces license revocation

NEWPORT — The business license for Cutting Edge Hair Salon in Newport is under review after the owner opened shop on Tuesday in defiance of an executive order.

Kristin Savage has been seeing clients by appointment at her salon since May 12, despite the fact that Gov. Kate Brown’s March 23 executive order, which included the closure of salons and barbershops, remains in effect. According to a letter from Newport Police Chief Jason Malloy provided to the New-Times, Savage’s business license is now under review and scheduled for revocation at 5 p.m. on May 23.

Malloy notes in his letter Savage was contacted by a community service officer the day she reopened. The officer informed her she could not operate a hair salon per the governor’s order, and Savage replied that she was following Centers for Disease Control guidelines and would continue to operate.

According to the letter, dated May 13, Savage’s continued operation is a violation of the order and thus local ordinance, subjecting her license to review and potential revocation. A report was also forwarded to the Oregon Health Authority for review, Malloy wrote.

Savage told the News-Times she intends to appeal the pending revocation, and she blames the governor, not local authorities, for the action against her.

On Thursday, Lincoln County was approved to begin the first phase of the governor’s reopening framework the next day. Phase one includes reopening personal service businesses like salons.


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