BREAKING NEWS Lane County reports 18 new COVID-19 cases Full Story
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Mask requirement sparks mixed reaction in Douglas County

Since the announcement Monday, dozens of Douglas County residents have spoken out.

Posted: Jun 30, 2020 6:32 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The response to Gov. Kate Brown's new statewide mask requirement has been mixed in Douglas County.

The new requirement takes effect July 1. It applies to businesses and residents in indoor public spaces. 

Initially, face masks were only required in eight Oregon counties.

Since the announcement Monday, dozens of Douglas County residents have spoken out against the new requirements.

One resident told KEZI 9 News that he believes masks do more harm than good.

“Once you use a mask, you have to throw it away,” said Paul Eckel. “People are not doing that. They’re pulling up, down, throwing them in their car, they’re literally becoming a mini petri dish.”

Others said the mask requirement is the only way people are going to protect themselves and others.

“I try to wear it everywhere I go,” said David Ragan. “You know, just to be on the safe side of everything.”

A small business owner in Roseburg also told KEZI 9 News that she’s not tolerating customers who don’t wear a mask in her store.

“It’s my job to also protect all the people who come into our shop,” said Darcel Campbell.

Campbell owns Everything Under the Rainbow on SE Main Street. She said she really struggled during the statewide closure earlier this year, so she’s doing everything she can to make sure they don’t close down again.

“We’re doing this step so small businesses can stay open,” said Campbell. “The next step is they shut us down.”

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 20224

Reported Deaths: 339
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah465393
Washington294324
Marion278968
Umatilla216726
Clackamas148438
Malheur73412
Deschutes5678
Lane5523
Jackson4371
Yamhill41312
Lincoln4119
Union3922
Jefferson3413
Morrow3293
Polk30112
Linn26510
Klamath2001
Hood River1780
Wasco1783
Benton1616
Douglas1451
Josephine1102
Columbia900
Coos900
Clatsop830
Crook431
Baker370
Tillamook340
Lake320
Wallowa191
Sherman150
Curry140
Harney100
Gilliam40
Grant30
Unassigned00
Wheeler00
Eugene
Few Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 73°
Corvallis
Clear
71° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 71°
Roseburg
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 72°
North Bend
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 68°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events