Governor Brown Extends Requirement for Face Coverings to All Counties July 02, 2020
Doctors and public health experts have made it clear that we can reduce the spread of the disease by wearing face coverings while out and about in public. It is really important that we do what we can to slow the spread—to save lives AND keep the economy open.
Governor Kate Brown shared, “Keeping Oregonians safe is my top priority” when she implemented an executive order requiring face coverings earlier this week. Over the last month, COVID-19 spread at an alarming rate in both urban and rural counties which has prompted the requirement of face coverings in indoor public places in ALL counties, effective July 1. We can and must reduce the spread of this disease.
Governor Brown said that she does not want to close down businesses again like other states have recently done in response to climbing COVID-19 numbers.
"If you want your local shops and restaurants to stay open, then wear a face covering when out in public. It's up to all of us what happens next," Governor Brown said. "Please keep your Fourth of July celebrations small and local. We saw a lot of new COVID-19 cases after Memorial Day weekend. Another spike could put Oregon in a dangerous position of our hospitals being overwhelmed by new cases and hospitalizations within weeks. Be smart, please."