State Masking Requirements

Updated 10/18/2021

Effective August 27, 2021, OAR 333-019-1025 requires a mask or face covering be worn while in public, indoor spaces and in public, outdoor spaces where consistently maintaining physical distance is not possible. This rule applies to all individuals over the age of 5, regardless of their vaccination status.

Common sense exemptions apply indoors and outdoors for activities that would be impractical or impossible wearing a mask, for example:

  • Individuals who are actively eating, drinking, or sleeping — as well as individuals living outdoors, such as persons experiencing houselessness;
  • Fleeting encounters outdoors, such as passing someone on a trail
  • Persons playing or practicing competitive sports, or engaged in an activity in which it is not feasible to wear a mask — such as swimming;
  • Individuals delivering a speech or performing — such as with outdoor music or theater;
  • Mask requirements for day-to-day operations at K-12 schools are not governed by this rule, and will instead continue to fall under the school mask rule. Outside public events, spectator events, and gatherings of the general public on K-12 school grounds will be subject to the rule. Child care and youth programs will continue to follow existing OHA mask guidance; and
  • In addition, entities subject to the ADA must continue to comply with that law.