County-specific face covering guidance issued
Today Governor Kate Brown issued official guidance regarding the use of face coverings in indoor public spaces for Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Marion, Polk, Hood River and Lincoln counties, effective Wednesday, June 24. The guidance applies to businesses and members of the public visiting those businesses.
The guidance applies to businesses including grocery stores, gyms and fitness studios, pharmacies, public transit agencies, personal services providers, restaurants and bars, retail stores, shopping malls and ride-sharing services. In counties that have entered Phase 2 of reopening, the guidance also applies to swimming pools, indoor entertainment facilities, indoor venues and indoor recreational sports facilities.
Under the new guidance, businesses must require employees, contractors, volunteers, customers and visitors to wear a mask, face covering, or face shield unless an accommodation or exemption applies. For example, face coverings are not required in restaurants and bars while eating or drinking, or at swimming pools while swimming.
Children under 12 years of age, as well as people with a disability or a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a face covering, are not required to wear one. (This guidance applies to customers and visitors of businesses and is separate from the guidance and recommendations regarding children in schools.)
Acceptable face coverings can be cloth, paper, or disposable, including bandanas and homemade masks.
Counties not included in the face coverings guidance may request to opt in at any time.