Oregon expands face covering requirements to include office workspaces

Brown foreshadowed the new requirement in a press conference on Tuesday following the end of a single-day special legislative session.

Posted: Aug 14, 2020 4:17 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority on Friday issued an expansion to the state's face covering requirements, adding mandates for private and public office spaces.

"The guidance requires face coverings in public and private building hallways, bathrooms, elevators, lobbies, break rooms, and other common spaces, unless employees are at individual work spaces or in meeting rooms where 6 feet of distance from other people can be maintained," OHA said in a statement.

The new guidance provided an exception to allow for face coverings to be removed in "situations where someone’s identity needs to be confirmed for visual comparison, such as interactions in banks or with law enforcement."

Brown foreshadowed the new requirement in a press conference on Tuesday following the end of a single-day special legislative session.

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