Oregon OSHA to end workplace COVID-19 rules when vaccine target reached

Face covering and physical distancing requirements will both be repealed.

Posted: Jun 7, 2021 9:28 AM
Updated: Jun 7, 2021 10:52 AM

SALEM, Ore.-- Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it will repeal the rule requiring face coverings in the workplace when Gov. Kate Brown's vaccination target is reached.

Brown announced last week that most of the state's coronavirus restrictions will be lifted when the state reaches a vaccination rate of 70 percent. Oregon OSHA said that Brown asked OSHA to review its rules to align with the new goal.

Face covering and physical distancing requirements will both be repealed, and according to OSHA, discussions about repealing other pandemic provisions will begin the week of June 14.

Workplace settings that must follow federal guidance like airports, public transit and health care facilities may be required to continue masking and social distancing.

More information about OSHA's workplace guidance and resoures related to COVID-19 is available here.

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