Mask Guidance

On May 18, 2021, the Oregon Health Authority issued new guidance that allows fully vaccinated people to stop wearing masks in indoor public settings where vaccinated status is checked. In public settings where vaccination status is not checked you must still wear a mask.   You are considered fully vaccinated if it has been 14 days since your second dose of Moderna or Pfizer, or 14 days since your single dose of Johnson and Johnson.

If you are fully vaccinated

  • You can take your mask off when you are outdoors.
  • You can take your mask off in indoor public settings where vaccination status is checked.
  • Sharing vaccine status is voluntary, but you must continue to wear your mask if you choose not to provide proof.
  • Businesses, employers and faith institutions must continue to require masks if they choose not to check vaccine status.
  • When you are in a private home with people outside of your household who are not fully vaccinated, it’s safest to continue wearing your mask.
  • If you are at risk for severe illness with COVID-19, you should continue wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and in large gatherings where there is increased risk of exposure.
  • You must also continue wearing a mask in these high-risk settings:
    • Health care building like hospitals, medical offices, labs, dialysis centers
    • K-12 schools
    • Public transportation like planes, Trimet buses, Max trains, and ride sharing like Uber and Lyft
    • Transportation hubs like airports and bus stations
    • Adult Correctional and youth detention buildings.
    • Shelters or transitional housing
    • Other settings that have specific OHA or state agency requirements

If you are not fully vaccinated

  • Unvaccinated people are no longer required to wear a mask outdoors, but OHA strongly recommends unvaccinated people continue wearing face coverings and physically distancing in crowded outdoor spaces and in large gatherings.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated it is also safest to continue wearing your mask indoors during social gatherings with people outside of your household.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated you must still wear a mask in indoor public settings including restaurants (when not eating), businesses and at your place of employment.

This guidance applies to all Oregonians over the age of 5 and is strongly recommended for kids 2 to 5. Children ages 2-5 often need help from an adult in putting on and taking off their mask. 

OHA Resources: OHA 2288K Statewide Guidance – Masks, Face Coverings, Face Shields and OHA 3727 Interim Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals (state.or.us)