Effective May 18, the Oregon Health Authority has released updated mask guidance for Oregon businesses, in line with the CDC’s announcement on May 14 that fully vaccinated Americans are now able to be indoors and outdoors – with certain exceptions – without a mask, and without the need to maintain six feet of separation. You can find the new OHA guidance here. The guidance requires Oregon businesses to verify vaccination status of individuals before allowing them to take off their masks, or, continue the mask mandate inside stores and establishments.
On May 19, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Oregon OSHA), released a statement regarding the impacts of the new guidance on their workplace rules. Read the OSHA statement here.
Regardless of vaccination status, Americans still need to wear masks when traveling on public transportation, visiting hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities, prisons, and other higher risk places.
“The latest CDC guidance is welcome news for vaccinated Oregonians, and hopefully will encourage those who have yet to get their vaccine to sign up for an appointment as soon as possible,” said Sandra McDonough, president & CEO of OBI.