Oregon Updates Mask Guidelines

On Tuesday, the Oregon Health Authority announced that fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks indoors in public places where vaccine status is checked. However, this does not extend to public settings where vaccine status is not checked. 

In the new guidelines announced Tuesday, OHA also said that those in charge of businesses and venues could still make their own, more restrictive, rules for mask wearing. 

In addition, OHA said that masks outdoors are not required for anyone. However, OHA urged people to social distance as much as possible and wear a mask in crowds or among large groups of people, and/or if you are unvaccinated and at risk for complications. 

The new guidelines also say that everyone, including fully vaccinated people, still need to wear masks and social distance on public transportation and in schools, hospitals, clinics, homeless shelters, both youth and adult correctional facilities, and long-term care facilities. 

If a business, employer, or faith institution chooses to allow unmasked, fully vaccinated individuals into their facility, they must require and review proof of vaccination. This policy would require both employees and customers to show proof of vaccination if they want to remove their face coverings and not worry about physical distancing. 

A “fully vaccinated” person is someone who has received their final vaccine dose two or more weeks previous, whether that be their second of two shots or the single shot vaccine. 

For more information about vaccines in Benton county, click here. 

These guidelines came after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that fully vaccinated people could stop wearing masks and physical distancing in the majority of public spaces. 

By: Hannah Ramsey