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Businesses, customers adapt to face mask requirement in 7 Oregon counties – KPTV.com

BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) – On Wednesday, Gov. Kate Brown’s new guidance went into effect, requiring seven Oregon counties to wear face masks in public spaces.

The guidance applies to Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Marion, Polk, Hood River, and Lincoln counties. FOX 12 looked at how businesses and customers are adapting to the new guidance.

At Beaverton Pharmacy, owner Wade Irby says wearing face masks is the best way to keep everyone safe, especially in some of the tighter spaces of the pharmacy.

“It’s just another layer, best we can do right now until there’s a vaccine or until they find something else that can treat this thing,” Irby said. “I know that some other businesses have some signs on their doors saying it’s required to have a face mask to walk into their business. And some of those places have a much smaller footprint inside their establishment than what we do. We haven’t done that yet. Is it going to happen? I don’t know.”

Irby says if the pharmacy decides to do that, it would provide masks at the front door for customers who don’t have one.

It’s a different experience for many businesses.

At Twyst Salon in Beaverton, customers are getting a new look while wearing an unexpected accessory.

“It is kind of hard trying to talk and it can be kind of hard to breathe sometimes with the chemicals, but it’s not as bad as I was expecting it to be,” Kathryn Church, a customer, said.

Customers like Church are looking for some normalcy, as she’s ready to reconnect with her hair stylist.

“Never in a million years would I think it’d be like this but it’s nice to know that there’s ways to get around and to kind of get back to normal life,” Church said.

Twyst Salon owner Erin Wanderscheid says the salon sent a text to every client before their appointments detailing the salon’s rules and regulations. She says customers are on board with the new process and different approach to cutting hair.

“If we’re going around the ears for guys or ladies with shorter hair we’ll just have them unloop, we’ll do around the ear and then loop it back,” Wanderscheid said. “So, we can work around it. Whether you agree with it or don’t agree with it, it’s what we have to do. So, do what you got to do and we’ll get through it. It will go away at some point. Hopefully, we don’t have to work in masks and have our clients wear masks forever.”

There are some exemptions to this guidance. You don’t have to wear a face mask while you’re eating and drinking at a bar or restaurant.

You also don’t have to wear a mask if you’re working out, singing, or playing an instrument and can maintain social distancing.

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Feds warn small businesses of potential coronavirus SBA loan fraud – Fox News

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Federal officials on Friday warned small businesses to be alert for scammers looking to take advantage of federal aid for entrepreneurs struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

The $2 trillion CARES act, passed by Congress in March, set aside $349 billion worth of loans for small businesses.

A diner inside the Horseshoe Cafe in Wickenburg, Ariz., this past Friday. 

A diner inside the Horseshoe Cafe in Wickenburg, Ariz., this past Friday. 
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Under the program, small businesses may apply for loans through the Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA did not initiate loans, nor did it require information already provided in the application.

The feds warned entrepreneurs that anyone asking for money was “not legitimate, nor are emails that end in anything but ‘.gov’.”

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“Those who prey on others look for opportunities like the various loans provided to small businesses.  United States Attorneys and our respective law enforcement partners, like the FBI, are on the lookout for those predators. We strongly encourage those who become aware of such scams to report it to the authorities so we can take action,” said U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia Bill Powell.

Eugene Kowel, the acting special agent in charge for the FBI in Pittsburgh,  urged companies to use backup and malware-detection systems and to train employees “to be skeptical of emails, attachments and websites they don’t recognize.”

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The warning came amid a general uptick in criminal scams related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Last month, the FBI put out an alert warning that the pandemic was providing criminals with illicit opportunities at “breathtaking” speed.

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