Face Covering and Mask Guidance
Indoor Statewide Mask, Face Shield, Face Covering Guidance, effective 7/22/20 and Outdoor Statewide face covering guidance, effective 7/15/20.
As businesses and public spaces reopen in Oregon, it may be difficult to always keep 6 feet between people. Therefore, effective July 24, 2020:
- Children age 5 and up are required to wear a mask, face shield, or face covering.
- Face coverings are now required when exercising indoors, plus outdoors when you can't physically distance.
Effective July 1, 2020, Governor Brown required face coverings when visiting all indoor public spaces. Governor Brown added a face covering requirement for outdoor spaces, when a distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained, effective July 15, 2020.
- OHA guidance for the indoor face covering requirement for all counties is available now: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2288K.pdf
- Additional guidance on face coverings for: businesses, the public, accommodations, when they aren't required, and how to wear, take off and clean face coverings.
Multi-lingual resources on face covering use by the public to prevent spread of COVID-19 are available:
- Simplified Chinese
- Traditional Chinese
Benton County Face Covering Resolution
On Friday, June 26th the Benton County Board of Commissioners issued a resolution strongly encouraging Benton County residents to wear face coverings in public settings where a minimum of six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained between people.
The Governor's face covering requirement replaces the Benton County Commissioner’s “strong recommendation” for face coverings in indoor public spaces. However, please remember that Benton County’s resolution still includes a strong recommendation for wearing face coverings in outdoor public spaces when 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained.