Oregon discussing permanent indoor mask mandates statewide

Oregon health officials met on Thursday to discuss options to implement a permanent indoor mask mandate statewide.

The Oregon Health Authority met with a Rules Advisory Committee to discuss options regarding the potential new regulation.


Could Oregon really past a permanent indoor mask mandate? The discussion is real, but the idea of permanent refers to the state passing a single regulation for indoor masking until the ban can be lifted.

In contrast, the current masking rules have to be reimposed on an ongoing basis, something state leaders are seeking a way to avoid.

Still, many in Oregon and nationwide see the discussion as a bad move, especially when coronavirus numbers are on the decline overall nationwide and millions have already received vaccines and even booster shots.

One of the Only States

“Oregon – one of only a handful of states that still has an indoor mask mandate – is working to make that rule permanent,” Portland’s KATU-TV reported.

When other states are largely rolling back regulations for masks, Oregon and a few other blue states (especially New York) are ramping up requirements.

In contrast, open states like Texas and Florida have lower case numbers despite fewer restrictions, leading many to wonder how effective additional requirements would help.

The controversy will certainly continue as Oregon discusses whether a mask mandate that was intended to last weeks could become a permanent move.

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