Oregon May Actually Make Its Mask Mandate Permanent


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There’s been a lot of COVID craziness in Oregon, and it could very well get worse. As Genevieve Reaume of KATU News, a local news outlet, reported and tweeted about, the state is considering making its indoor mask mandate permanent.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) held their Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) on Thursday, which provided feedback on the indoor mask rule, as Reaume explained.

She also noted that this is the first step to making the mask mandate permanent:

This is the first step in making the rule permanent.

Dr. Paul Cieslak, the medical director for communicable diseases and immunizations with OHA, says making the rule permanent doesn’t mean it’ll be in place forever.

“Permanent means indefinite. It doesn’t necessarily mean permanent,” Dr. Cieslak said. “We can repeal it as well, but we are only allowed to have a temporary rule for 180 days, and anything that goes beyond 180 days, we cannot extend it.”

Making the rule permanent allows the state to keep the mandate in place.

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