Thursday, 16 July 2020 18:35

Face Masks Now Mandatory While Outdoors in Oregon

Written by Tim Gruver, The Center Square


Anyone in Oregon going outdoors has to wear a face mask if they cannot maintain a 6-foot distance from others, Gov. Kate Brown announced July 13.

Brown also extended the state’s current face mask mandate requiring all customers and employers to wear face masks when doing business.


On July 11, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported a one-day record number of 409 COVID-19 cases.


The agency's transition to a new reporting system for several hours on July 9 partially accounted for the number, according to OHA.


This report marks the fifth time in July that Oregon's daily case count report exceeded 300 cases statewide.


Brown also banned all indoor group gatherings with more than 10 people. Businesses such as restaurants and bars are allowed to serve larger numbers inside.


Children over the age of 2 and under the age of 12 are exempt from the order.


Violators can potentially face a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $1,250 fine under Brown’s executive order.


Enforcing the order will largely be up to business owners and employees, Brown said.


However, Brown said that businesses which fail to enforce mask-wearing in outdoor lines or dining spaces could be dealt "serious consequences" like citations, fines and closure. Such measures are contingent on rising COVID-19 case numbers, according to the governor.


"I’m not going to set up the party police," Brown said. "The proof here will be in the numbers."

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