Oregon requires masks in seven counties
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is requiring that face coverings be worn in indoor public spaces in seven counties, effective today. The counties include Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Marion, Polk, Hood River and Lincoln. The requirement, intended to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pathogen, applies to businesses as well as members of the public visiting those businesses.
“As we learn more about COVID-19, evidence continues to mount that face coverings play a critical role in reducing transmission,” Gov. Kate Brown said. “We have to live with this disease for a while. And that is going to require adjusting our habits––taking the simple step of covering our nose and mouth in spaces where we interact with others.”
The OHA guidance (PDF)
applies to businesses including grocery stores, gyms and fitness studios, pharmacies, public transit agencies, personal services providers, restaurants and bars, retail stores, shopping malls, and ride sharing services. In counties that have entered Phase 2 of reopening, the guidance also applies to swimming pools, indoor entertainment facilities, indoor venues, and indoor recreational sports facilities.
Under the new guidance, businesses must require employees, contractors, volunteers, customers, and visitors to wear a mask, face covering, or face shield unless an accommodation or exemption applies. For example, face coverings are not required in restaurants and bars while eating or drinking, or at swimming pools while swimming.