Public Outdoor Mask Requirement Lifted In Oregon

State health officials said Tuesday Oregonians no longer have to wear a mask in public outdoor settings, lifting a mandate in place nearly three months.  Since late summer the state has required that everyone wear a mask in a public, outdoor space where social distancing isn’t possible, regardless of vaccination status.  Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen says this change reflects the downward trend in COVID-19 cases.  But Allen also said people should expect to keep wearing masks indoors at least into next year, noting there is still limited hospital capacity available.  He did not want to give any kind of estimate on when more guidelines will be relaxed, adding vaccinations remain the best path out of the pandemic.

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