Beginning Aug. 13, 2021, Oregon will require everyone ages five and older in all indoor public spaces to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.
Oregon OSHA will enforce this in the workplace, but the agency announced it will “focus first on education, rather than inspections and fines,” according to law firm Littler Mendelson.
A similar requirement for everyone two and older to wear masks on public transportation also remains in place.
Other measures still in place
The mask mandate is in addition to the governor’s recent requirement of a vaccine or weekly COVID-19 testing for all healthcare workers in Oregon.
Federal OSHA recommends employers require all employees, vaccinated or not, wear masks at work when the county the facility is in reaches substantial or high COVID-19 spread. The CDC updates each county’s status daily.
Other controls, including putting distance between employees, improving ventilation and using barriers where practical, should also be continued, according to federal OSHA.