Masks, face coverings or face shields are currently required statewide for offices and indoor public spaces (for example, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and more). Masks, face coverings or face shields are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible.
Children age 5 and up are required to wear a face covering. People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear one.
Converging studies show that wearing a mask can help protect both us and the people around us from spreading and catching COVID-19. It’s an empowering way for each of us to protect our communities, our families, and ourselves. You can find some of these studies here, here, and here.
Face coverings come in many kinds, ranging from homemade cloth face coverings and plastic face shields to surgical masks and N95 respirators.
We encourage Oregonians to continue conserving medical-grade masks for the medical professionals who need them most. Face shields and cloth face coverings are effective for most non-medical uses, and they’re both reusable and washable.
Masks and face coverings are most effective when they cover both your nose and mouth. Remember to wash them regularly, and only wear them once they are completely dry.
Everyone must wear a mask in indoor public spaces like grocery stories, pharmacies, and retail stores. If someone with a disability is unable to wear a mask or alternate face covering (like a face shield), they can request a reasonable accommodation from the business. These accommodations might look like grocery store pick-up or pharmacy delivery. Learn more about the ADA and face mask policies.
For Caregivers: Remember to only put a face covering on someone who is able to adjust and remove it themselves.
Kids age 5 and older are required to wear a mask, and kids over 2 can wear a mask, as long as they’re able to remove it themselves.
Here are a few ideas to help your child feel comfortable if they feel unsure about wearing a mask or other face covering:
It’s simple: Wearing a face covering is one of the most effective things you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Help us keep COVID-19 from spreading and keep Oregon’s reopening on track by wearing a face covering if you’re able.
By now, we all know that wearing a face covering is a simple step you can take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. But what you do with them after you wear them is important, too. To minimize your risk of infection, wash hands your before and after touching your mask, and wash cloth masks daily. Masks should never be worn when wet or damp. After laundering, make sure your face covering is completely dry before wearing.
Parents, families and caregivers may be wondering what age a child should be in order to safely wear one. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on children under age 2. It's very important that you never put a mask or face covering on an infant (or an adult) who is not able to adjust or remove the mask themselves. This could compromise their ability to breathe. You can find more information about using face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19 on the CDC website.
Wearing a face covering does not put you at risk for inhaling too much carbon dioxide.
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