On October 19, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) updated its face mask/covering/shield requirements for the public and businesses.
Highlights of the update include:
- Face coverings/masks are now required in all private and public workplaces.
- It is not recommended that individuals wear a face shield instead of a mask or face covering.
- It is recommended that people wear a mask or face covering, with or without a face shield, whenever they are within six (6) feet of people who do not live in the same household.
- The following are not face coverings because they allow droplets to be released: a covering that incorporates a valve that is designed to facilitate easy exhalation, mesh masks, lace masks or other coverings with openings, holes, visible gaps in the design or material, or vents.
- Related to employees, contractors and volunteers: Masks, face coverings or face shields are strongly recommended in all indoor work spaces, but not required when at or in a location where the employee, contractor or volunteer does not have a job that requires interacting with the public or with other employees, such as a large warehouse and at least six (6) feet of distance can be maintained between other people. When six (6) feet of distance cannot be maintained, such as in a restroom or break room, masks, face coverings or face shields are required.
Cascade will continue to monitor this and we will keep you updated should any additional guidance be released. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!