Mask Requirements

(Updated February 22, 2021)

Masks Required Statewide

According to current Oregon Health Authority guidance, masks are required all times unless you are:

  • At your own residence
  • In your own personal vehicle
  • Under five (5) years of age
  • Eating or drinking
  • Engaged in an activity that makes wearing a mask, face covering or face shield not feasible, such as when taking a shower
  • Sleeping
  • In a private, individual workspace
  • Removing the mask briefly because your identity needs to be confirmed by visual comparison, such as at a bank or if interacting with law enforcement

Additional Information from Oregon Health Authority


Improve How Your Mask Protects You

Most people know now that masks are one of the primary tools we have of keeping ourselves and others safe from getting COVID-19. Even as more people are getting vaccinated, masks will continue to be a regular part of our lives.


The CDC has updated its guidance on how well your mask fits and filters the air, and how many layers it has.


Two ways to help your mask protect you

  1. Make sure your mask fits snugly against your face
  2. Pick a mask with layers or wear a disposable mask underneath a cloth mask

See the CDC’s full list of tips for improving how your mask fits.  


Oregon Health Authority does not recommend wearing a plastic face shield alone. While face shields can be very good at blocking droplets, they are not as good at stopping aerosols that can go around the shield. OHA recommends face shields only be used on a limited basis, for example when talking to someone who is deaf or hard of hearing and needs to read lips to communicate.