New Guidance on Mask Wearing

The new state guidance requires employers to check for vaccination documentation before allowing people to go maskless or to stick with current mask-wearing requirements. For all of Oregon’s statewide mask guidance, visit the OHA website

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Governor Brown and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) recently announced Oregon’s approach to new mask-wearing guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Given the effectiveness of vaccination in stopping the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the new federal guidelines remove the mask-wearing recommendation for most outdoor settings and for indoor settings once two weeks have passed since a person’s final dose of vaccine. The new state guidance requires employers to check for vaccination documentation before allowing people to go maskless or to stick with current mask-wearing requirements.

Washington County has chosen to keep its current mask-wearing requirements for employees and members of the public for the time being. This means the county will continue to request facial coverings for employees in publicly accessible spaces and for everyone doing in-person business with the county, even if someone can verify their vaccination status with documentation.

“Until everyone has had the chance to get fully vaccinated, there will still be members of the public and fellow employees who are vulnerable to getting infected,” explained County Administrator Tanya Ange. “Our commitment to equity calls on us to protect those facing barriers to getting fully vaccinated by continuing to wear masks as appropriate while in our buildings.”

More information about where to find COVID-19 vaccine opportunities can be found on the county’s website.