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Oregon Mask Requirements

Mask Recommendations & Requirements

On Aug. 24, Governor Kate Brown announced a new rule that will require people in Oregon to mask in most public outdoor settings — regardless of vaccination status — where physical distancing is not possible. The rule will go into effect Friday, Aug. 27.

Masks, face coverings or face shields are required in all indoor spaces. Read the full Oregon Administrative Rule here.

Businesses and organizations may find signs to post by visiting under the "Business Signage" section.

Settings that may have additional guidance

The following settings may have additional masking requirements. OHA recommends that individuals check requirements before accessing services in these settings.

Why wear a mask?

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 below.

For individuals who are unable to get vaccinated for medical reasons, masking is an effective way to protect against serious disease.

Some individuals who are fully vaccinated but for whom the vaccine may not be as effective – people who are immunocompromised, undergoing medical treatment, transplant recipients, and others – may be advised by their doctor to continue wearing a mask after vaccination to protect against serious disease.

What kinds of masks are acceptable?

Face coverings come in many kinds, including homemade cloth face coverings, plastic face shields, surgical masks and N95 respirators.

OHA recommends wearing a face covering or mask instead of a face shield, except in limited situations when a face shield by itself is appropriate, like talking to someone who is deaf or hard of hearing and needs to read lips to communicate.

We encourage Oregonians to continue conserving medical-grade masks for the medical professionals who need them most. Cloth face coverings are effective for most non-medical uses, and they're reusable and washable.

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How to wear a mask

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.

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Masks and disabilities

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 businesses that require face coverings. 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.

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For children 12 years and younger

OHA strongly recommends that individuals under the age of two (2) do not wear a mask, face covering or face shield. Children two (2) years of age and older are required, however, to wear a mask on public transportation and when in transportation hubs.


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Face Coverings Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

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.

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Removing a Face Covering

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. 

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Masks and Kids

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.

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Face Covering Facts

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Wearing a face covering does not put you at risk for inhaling too much carbon dioxide.

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Face coverings are an effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Cloth masks don't increase your risk of infection.

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Wearing a face covering does not cause the virus to "reactivate."

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