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.”

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