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Oregon Turns Back Dial, Requires Facemasks, Limits Indoor Capacity

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown on Wednesday announced new statewide health and safety measures, including new requirements for face coverings and businesses, effective Friday, July 24.

The new requirements include:

Face Coverings
• Face coverings will be required for all Oregonians ages five and up in indoor public spaces and outdoors when six feet of distance cannot be maintained.
• Face coverings will be required even in cases of physical exertion indoors, and outdoors when six feet of distance cannot be maintained.

Businesses
• The maximum indoor capacity limit is capped at 100 for all venues in Phase II counties and for restaurants and bars in Phase I or II counties.
• Restaurants and bars will be required to stop serving customers at 10:00 P.M statewide.

Gov. Brown says, “Oregon, we ventured out onto the ice together and that ice has begun to crack. Before we fall through the ice, we need to take steps to protect ourselves and our community. So it’s time for further actions to slow the spread of this disease.”

The new orders came as a result of the continued spread of COVID-19 in Oregon, including a troubling rise in cases of community spread that cannot be traced and contained. The Governor also indicated that additional restrictions would be necessary, unless the spread of COVID-19 begins to slow.

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