Children 5 and older will be required to wear face coverings under new statewide guidelines to help curb the spread of COVID-19 released by Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday.
“These are additional steps to protect ourselves and our communities,” Brown said during a press conference in Salem. “This disease is something that, for the time being, we must learn to live with.”
New guidelines set to begin Friday also include no more exceptions to face coverings. It also reduces the maximum indoor gathering size from 250 to 100 people. For Phase 2 counties, restaurants and bars must close by 10 p.m.
Brown also announced that in-care facilities with no reported COVID-19 cases, outdoor visits will be allowed.
She encouraged the public to keep in mind the 3 W’s: “Wear face coverings; watch your social distance; wash, wash, wash your hands.”