According to new guidance released by the Oregon Health Authority on Tuesday, Oregon residents are permitted to not wear a mask outdoors but will need to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination to forgo masks in indoor settings.
According to the report, individuals who are fully vaccinated with proof of vaccination status are not required to wear any sort of face covering or maintain physical distance from others except when in health care settings, adult jails and correctional facilities, youth detention and correctional facilities, K-12 schools, public transportation, and other settings in which the owner or operator continues to enforce mask and physical distancing requirements. Masks have been required in most circumstances across all of Oregon since July 1.
Oregon’s health officer and epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger said that the new guidance will be enforced by the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division and other state agencies. Additionally, the state will not require businesses to determine the authenticity of customers’ vaccine cards. “We hope that Oregonians will not lie or cheat and put others at risk by forging a vaccine record if they aren’t vaccinated,” he said. According to Governor Kate Brown’s “roadmap for fully reopening Oregon’s economy and making a big step toward normalcy,” most statewide restrictions will be eliminated once 70% of the state’s residents aged 16 and older have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine (Oregon Live).
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