CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey commends the state’s Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists for voting to dismiss a complaint filed against a Berkeley County barber who kept his shop open during the coronavirus pandemic.
Monday’s vote stemmed from an April complaint filed against Winerd L. Jenkins. It involved the barber’s refusal to close his business, Les’s Barber Shop of Inwood.
“Exercising one’s right to inquire about the legal nature of an executive order should never result in the revocation of one’s license to do business, and I commend the board for its ruling,” Attorney General Morrisey said.
“Government must be very sensitive to not overreaching during these very challenging times,” he continued. “We must bend over backwards to defend the freedoms of our citizens, while we protect the public health. We can do both.”