The State of Oregon fined four businesses a combined $44,600 in May for willful violations of state regulations meant to protect workers from COVID-19

Medford, OR – According to the statement, three of the four businesses have already indicated they will appeal the fines, and the fourth still has the option to request an appeal.

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health administration has issued 159 citations to employers for violating COVID-19 safety requirements since the start of the pandemic.

Additional citations are still pending. A total of 32 violations have been issued to employers who the state says willfully flouted rules meant to protect workers from contracting COVID-19.

Cork Cellars Wine and Bistro in Sisters was issued a $17,800 fine for willfully allowing indoor dining at a time when Deschutes County was deemed extreme risk for COVID-19 spread and indoor dining was banned.

The restaurant has appealed the fine.

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