Effective July 24, children 5 and up to wear face coverings
Portland — (Release from Governor Brown) In light of the continued spread of COVID-19 in Oregon––including a troubling rise in cases of community spread that cannot be traced and contained––Governor Kate Brown today announced new statewide health and safety measures, including new requirements for face coverings and businesses, effective Friday, July 24. Unless the spread of COVID-19 begins to slow, the Governor made clear that additional restrictions would be necessary.
“Oregon, we ventured out onto the ice together and that ice has begun to crack. Before we fall through the ice, we need to take steps to protect ourselves and our community,” said Governor Kate Brown. “So it’s time for further actions to slow the spread of this disease. Keep in mind, this is not an on or off switch. This disease is something that, for the time being, we must live with. However, when we see numbers rise, we must respond in turn. We must dim the lights. We must scale back, limit our interactions, take more precautions.”
Beginning July 24, the following new requirements will apply:
A recording of the Governor’s press conference from Wednesday, July 22, is available here.
A full transcript of the Governor’s remarks from Wednesday, July 22, is available here.
Updated guidance will be posted to coronavirus.oregon.gov.
OREGON – Those changes include: •All children 5-years-old and older must wear face coverings when they are in indoor public spaces as well as outdoors where physical distancing can not be maintained. Face masks will remain recommended but not required for children between the ages of two and five.
•Indoor gathering size limit for venues such as larger restaurants, bars, community centers, churches, movie theatres and gyms will be reduced from a max of 250 people down to 100 people.
•Outdoor venue cap will be maintained at 250 people at this time.
•Restaurants and bars in Oregon Counties who are currently in Phase 2 will only be able to serve food and alcohol at 10pm.
Full details will be released once Governor Brown’s full press release is issued.