Gov. Kate Brown announced that Oregonians throughout the state will be required to wear face masks while in indoor public spaces beginning July 1.
As new cases mount in the state, Brown announced Monday she is extending a face mask requirement that went into effect for eight counties since June 24.
Residents of all counties in the state will be required to wear facial protection at grocery stores, shopping centers, and restaurants and bars while not eating or drinking.
“From the beginning of the reopening process, I have said that reopening comes with the risk of seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases beyond our health systems’ capacity to test, trace, and isolate them,” Brown said in a press release from her office Monday. “Over the last month, we have seen the disease spread at an alarming rate in both urban and rural counties. The upcoming July 4th holiday weekend is a critical point for Oregon in this pandemic, and we can all make a difference."