New face mask regulation goes into effect for all of Oregon today

Jul 15 2020, 11:57 am

Effective today, face masks or coverings will be required of all Oregonians in indoor spaces as well as public outdoor spaces.

This rule only applies if people outside cannot keep more than six feet away from others who are not from within their own household.

“Wearing a mask is a sign of respect and a sign of protection for all of those around you,” said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, Oregon’s state health officer and epidemiologist. “All of us [are] working together to flatten this curve again.”

In a press conference Monday, Governor Kate Brown stated she is “sounding the alarm” in Oregon.

Brown also announced a state-wide ban on all indoor social gatherings of 10 or more, but that doesn’t include businesses or churches at this time.

“We reported more cases in the past week than we did in the entire month of May,” Brown said. “The last time we reported less than 100 cases in a single day was more than a month ago.”

A record high of 409 new cases of coronavirus was reported on Saturday, July 11.

“The virus is extremely contagious, and many people don’t show symptoms for days,” she added, before repeating the “three Ws”: wear a mask, watch your distance, and wash your hands.

“Either people will adhere to this requirement, and become a positive force for stopping COVID-19, or I will be forced to take more restrictive measures. And no one wants that,” said Brown.

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