Face coverings, or masks, will be required throughout Oregon for all adults and starting Friday, July 24, for all children 5 and up, in all indoor public spaces and outdoors when physical distancing isn’t possible.
To help Oregonians understand the requirement, the Oregon Health Authority has created a website resource that aims to be a clearinghouse of the latest information about face coverings and masks, from requirements to FAQs to tips about how to effectively wear them.
According to OHA, emerging evidence shows that wearing a mask help can help protect you and the people you love from spreading and catching COVID-19.
COVID-19 is spread by respiratory droplets when people cough, sneeze, talk, laugh or sing. Face coverings help contain those droplets. The virus can be spread by people who do not have symptoms and likely don’t know they are infected.
Properly worn, a face covering should cover a person’s nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of the face. Many types of face coverings can be used, including handmade cloth face coverings, scarves, bandanas, and more. They should be washed frequently after using.
OHA advises Oregonians to work together to flatten the curve and lower the risk of transmission of the virus by:
• Covering faces when six feet of physical distancing is not possible;
• Avoiding large crowds and limiting social gatherings;
• Washing hands;
• Staying home when sick.
To learn more about face coverings and face masks visit healthoregon.org/masks.