Updated Statewide Face Covering Guidance

Effective October 19th, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released updated “Statewide Mask, Face Covering, Face Shield Guidance.” View Spanish version here and Arabic version here.

The guidance requiring face coverings in multiple settings, including workplaces and outdoor public spaces, expanding from previous versions.

In particular, the guidance requires people to wear face coverings in all private and public workplaces including classrooms, offices, meeting rooms and workspaces, even if workers can maintain a social distance, unless someone is alone in an office or in a private workspace. People must also now wear masks in outdoor markets, street fairs and both private and public universities.

Face coverings are required in all private and public workplaces; in outdoor and indoor markets, street fairs, private career schools, and both public and private colleges and universities.

Face coverings are recommended in place of a face shield, except in limited situations when a face shield is appropriate such as when communicating with someone who is deaf or hearing impaired and needs to read lips.

Children age 5 and up are required to wear a face covering. People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear one.

The CDC recommends that you wear masks in public settings around people who don’t live in your household. The CDC, OHA, and the Malheur County Health Department agree with the science:

Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others.

To report a business not following or enforcing the guidance, please submit an OSHA complaint.

OSHA Complaint Form:  English   Spanish

You can also contact the OSHA Bend Field Office at 541-388-6066.

If you still see violations, call the Malheur County Environmental Health Office at 541-473-5186 after you have filed an OSHA complaint and seen an additional concern and we will follow up.

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