Community speaks out on new mask mandate for office spaces

The mandate went into effect on Thursday.

Posted: Aug 15, 2020 7:25 PM

OREGON --- New face covering guidelines went into effect on Thursday, affecting employees working in private and public office spaces.

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It falls under Executive Order No. 20-27 and applies to hallways, bathrooms, elevators, lobbies, break rooms and other common spaces where you cannot maintain six feet of distance. Another exception is when you are at an individual work space.

Ken Rodgers is the owner of Whitewater Designs in Eugene.

"This stuff coming down about having the mask on in the workplace and passing close to somebody, we've been doing that for 4 to 8 weeks now solidly,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers said safety has always been the priority there and has made it very clear to his employees that they can take the time they need to feel comfortable working in the building.

“We're doing very much the best we can and watching out for everybody and each other and also me,” Rodgers said.

The mandate states that you can remove your face covering briefly if someone's identity needs to be confirmed for visual comparison, like during interactions in banks or with law enforcement.

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