Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced Monday that people throughout Oregon will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces starting Wednesday to slow the spread of the coronavirus. She said in a news release the guidance applies to businesses and members of the public visiting indoor public spaces. Face covering requirements were mandated in eight counties last week, including Hood River County. Brown said the disease has spread at an alarming rate in both urban and rural counties over the last month. She says face coverings that cover the nose and mouth play a critical role in reducing the spread of the disease because droplets from people’s breath can carry the virus to others without people realizing it. She said she did not want to close businesses again as has happened in other states that are seeing a spike in cases. She said Oregon Occupational Safety and Health will take the lead in enforcing face covering requirements for all covered Oregon businesses. She also urged people to keep July 4 celebrations small and local, saying the state saw a lot of new cases following Memorial Day.