Governor Kate Brown announced that a new outdoor mask mandate will go into effect on Friday August 27, 2021. The mandate applies to public outdoor spaces in Oregon where physical distancing is not possible, regardless of vaccination status.
Under the new rule, individuals will be required to wear masks in outdoor settings in which individuals from different households are unable to consistently maintain distance. The mask requirement will not apply to “fleeting encounters” such as when two individuals walk past each other on an outdoor public walkway.
Exceptions to the outdoor mask mandate will align with the current exceptions to the indoor mask rule including:
- Children under the age of five;
- Individuals living outdoors;
- Individuals who are actively eating, drinking, or sleeping; and
- Individuals playing or practicing competitive sports or engaged in an activity in which it is not feasible to wear a mask such as swimming.
Similar to the indoor mandate, businesses and entities are required to ensure that their employees, contractors, and volunteers wear masks in outdoor public spaces that are under their control, and entities covered by the ADA must comply with requirements to provide reasonable accommodations.
In the meantime, businesses and employers should update their policies, practices, communications, and signage now to be in compliance on Friday, August 27, 2021.
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