Governor Brown Issues New Face Covering Requirements for Businesses

Published Friday, June 26, 2020 11:00 am

On June 25th, Governor Brown issued a statement regarding new face covering requirements applicable to a wide range of businesses and to the general public when visiting these businesses. These new face covering requirements are applicable to all counties except Clackamas, Hood River, Lincoln, Marion, Multnomah, Polk and Washington counties, which must comply with county specific face covering guidance.

The businesses covered by Governor Brown’s statement are:

Grocery stores; Fitness-related organizations; Indoor and outdoor entertainment facility operators; Licensed swimming pools, licensed spa pools and sports court operators; Outdoor recreation organizations; Pharmacies; Public transit agencies and providers; Personal services providers; Restaurants, bars, breweries, brewpubs, wineries, tasting rooms and distilleries; Retail stores, shopping centers and malls; Ride sharing services; School aged summertime day camp operators; Recreational sports operators for specified sports; Venue operators.

To summarize, the above businesses must require employees, contractors and volunteers to wear a mask, face shield, or face covering, unless an accommodation or exemption is required. Covered businesses must also provide masks, face shields, or face coverings for employees.

Moreover, covered businesses must review and require employees, contractors and volunteers to review OHA’s Mask and Face Covering Guidance for Business, Transit, and the Public Frequently Asked Questions to become familiar with how requiring people to wear face coverings affects people differently, including people with disabilities and people of color who may have heightened concerns about racial profiling and harassment due to wearing face coverings in public.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

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