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Community members respond to outdoor mask mandate

Masks will be required in most public outdoor settings, including large outdoor events, where physical distancing is not possible and regardless of vaccination status.

Posted: Aug 24, 2021 6:38 PM
Updated: Aug 24, 2021 6:43 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Community members are responding to the recent outdoor mask mandate brought down by Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday.

This applies to most outdoor public settings, when one cannot keep six feet of distance.

RELATED: GOV. BROWN ANNOUNCES OUTDOOR MASK MANDATE

Wearing a mask outdoors is something Lane County Public Health officials brought down as a recommendation just days ago.

RELATED: LANE COUNTY ISSUES NEW EMERGENCY COVID-19 GUIDANCE

Liane Cordes is immunocompromised from a kidney transplant, so she’s at high-risk for COVID-19. She said she only goes out when she needs to.

“We need to be considerate of others and protect them -- as well as ourselves,” Cordes said. “Whatever the rules are, I will follow them. I get frustrated with those who refuse to wear masks and think it's all about them and not other people.”

Others shared the importance of doing your part in the community -- even if that means wearing a mask in crowded spaces. Eugene resident Peyton Finney said she’s vaccinated and works in a nursing home.

“I think it’s a small thing that we can do to help,” Finney said. “So it's worth it, if it does help. It’s just such a tiny thing we can do to make a big change.”

KEZI spoke with Oregon State Senator James Manning who shared his thoughts about masking up and vaccination rates.

“Those that are in a state of denial -- eventually I hope that they will see the light one day,” Manning said. “If they don't care about themselves, do it for the family. Do it for others.”

Sen. Manning said the high spread of COVID-19 is concerning.

“People are dying,” Manning said. “Regardless of what people want to believe, this virus is real. What they should look at are all the actual facts. They should look at how there are no spaces in our hospitals. I was thinking the other day, suppose someone had a heart attack? With what is available -- how what do you do when there are no emergency room beds or any ICU beds?”

Eugene resident Jim Westcott weighed in.

“It’s clear that the vaccination works,” Westcott said. “The numbers prove it. If people would just get vaccinated -- it's not a big deal. It’s easy to do. It doesn't make any sense to keep making a fuss about it.”

Other shared vaccination should be a choice. Oakridge resident Patty Lee said people do need to educate themselves.

“When they do, I think they'll be more into following healthy habits,” Lee said. “If you're at risk, get the shot for crying out loud. Do it, even if it just makes you feel more comfortable.”

While the requirement will go into effect this Friday, the State says Oregonians are strongly encouraged to immediately start wearing masks outdoors.

CLICK HERE for more information and for a list of exceptions.

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