They’re back! The masks that so many threw away as the county reopened will need to dig them back out of the trash. As of August 3, Benton County is requiring everyone who enters an indoor county facility to mask up again.
This will affect all employees as well as members of the public. Masks will be provided to the public at the main entrance to facilities.
Other COVID protocols are also being put back in place, including social distancing – six feet apart and plexiglass barriers – and regular disinfectant cleanings on high touch surfaces.
This return to restrictions comes as the Delta variant continues to rage through the country – particularly among those who have not been vaccinated – and comes as the Oregon Health Authority strongly urges all people in Oregon to wear masks indoors regardless of their vaccination status. Cases of the Delta variant have been identified in Benton County.
The OHA and the Benton County Commissioners strongly encourage everyone who is eligible – meaning everyone 12 and over – to get vaccinated as soon as possible. The vaccine might not protect you from all variants, but it will decrease your symptoms and may save you from hospitalization.