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Public’s Invited to Comment on Oregon’s Indoor Mask Rules

You still have to wear masks indoors in most public places in Oregon, including schools and healthcare settings.  But the temporary rules are going to expire soon in February, so state health leaders are deciding what the permanent rules should be.

 From on in 2020, to off, with the arrival of vaccines in June 2021, to on again, with the Delta variant, in August.  Oregon’s indoor mask rules have changed. Dr. Dean Sidelinger told the Oregon Health Authority’s Rules Advisory Committee, on Thursday, they’re likely to change again, as the virus itself mutates and hospitalizations and infection rates change.

Right now, OHA says it will release a draft of new indoor rules publicly by the middle of this month. If you want to speak up on the issue, O.H.A. will begin taking public comments late this month, and also at a public hearing in mid January.

 The Health Authority ended the state’s outdoor mask mandate last week. But temporary rules for  indoor masks continue for places like schools and healthcare settings.They’ll expire in February, so Oregon health leaders want to reach an agreement on permanent rules before then.

Right now, OHA says it will release a draft of new indoor rules publicly by the middle of this month, then start taking public comments in later december, and hold a public hearing in mid January.

O.H.A. ended Oregon’s outdoor mask mandate last week.



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