Face Covering Guidance

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(Updated August 28, 2020)


Face Coverings Required Statewide

Masks, face shields and face coverings are currently required statewide for:


  • Indoor public spaces: For example, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and more)
  • Outdoor public spaces: When physical distancing is not possible.
  • NEW – Public and Private Office Spaces (Effective Aug. 13): Required at all times for employees in public and private office spaces, including hallways, bathrooms, elevators, lobbies, break rooms, and other common spaces, unless employees are at individual work spaces or in meeting rooms where six (6) feet of distance from other people can be consistently maintained


Read the latest COVID-19 Oregon mask requirements (Oregon Health Authority). The guidance also provides an exception for face coverings, allowing for the brief removal of face coverings in situations where someone’s identity needs to be confirmed for visual comparison, such as interactions in banks, or with law enforcement. 

Why It Is Important to Wear a Face Covering

According to the CDC, cloth face coverings may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. Wearing a cloth face covering will help protect people around you, including those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and workers who frequently come into close contact with other people (for example, in stores and restaurants). Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings. The spread of COVID-19 can be reduced when cloth face coverings are used along with other preventive measures, including physical distancing, frequent handwashing, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.

Instructions on how to properly wear a mask from the Oregon Health Authority

Masks and Disabilities

People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear a mask, face shield or face covering. Learn more about the ADA and face mask policies.


Masks and Children

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:


  • Let your child choose and decorate their mask.
  • Try different styles to see which is the most comfortable.
  • Put a mask on a favorite stuffed toy or draw one on a favorite book character.
  • Introduce the mask when everyone is relaxed but not too sleepy.
  • Practice wearing the mask at home to help your child get used to it.
  • Play some “let’s pretend” games with characters who wear masks.
  • Point out other people wearing masks while you’re out.

Businesses

Businesses must require employees, contractors, volunteers, customers and visitors to wear a mask, face shield, or face covering.


"Businesses" include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Grocery stores 
  • Fitness-related organizations (face coverings required when exercising indoors, plus outdoors when you can’t physically distance)
  • Indoor and outdoor entertainment facility operators (zoos, museums, drive-in movie theaters, raceways, outdoor gardens and aquariums)
  • Outdoor recreation organizations
  • Indoor and outdoor licensed swimming pools, licensed spa pools and sports court operators
  • Indoor and outdoor entertainment operators
  • Indoor and outdoor recreational sports operators for specified sports
  • Indoor and outdoor venue operators 
  • Pharmacies
  • Public transit agencies and providers
  • Personal services providers
  • Restaurants, bars, breweries, brewpubs, wineries, tasting room and distilleries
  • Retail stores, shopping centers and malls
  • Ride sharing services 

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Read full guidance from the Oregon Health Authority including what business "must" and "should" provide. 


Download a Masks-Required Sign for Businesses


Also see the State of Oregon’s social media toolkit to help raise awareness about the importance of wearing face coverings.


Additional Resources