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Effective July 24, 2020 Governor Kate Brown extended the mask requirement to include all individuals over the age of 5 years old. This mandate requires Oregonians to wear masks in any indoor establishment, as well as any outdoor space in which physical distancing cannot be maintained. Masks remain recommended but not required for children between 2 years old and 5 years old.
The mask mandate is in response to a growing body of evidence that masks are effective in reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
Some people are unable to wear face coverings for medical reasons. When a person with a disability is unable to wear a face mask for medical reasons, they should be offered a reasonable accommodation; however businesses are not required to allow entry into the establishment. For example, a grocery store may offer personal shopping for someone who cannot wear a face mask, or a medical appointment may be conducted over the telephone.