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Mask requirement for public spaces in Salem

COVID-19 Response Team

In light of the recent increase of COVID-19 cases in parts of Oregon, Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order and guidelines that require the use of face coverings while using indoor public spaces in Marion, Polk and five other counties. The requirement goes into effect today.

Residents and visitors are required to wear a mask, face shield or face covering while entering businesses, including grocery stores, fitness centers, pharmacies, retail stores, public transit providers, ride sharing services, restaurants and more.

“I wear it (a mask) because I don’t want to accidentally kill someone,” Brown said in a June 18 press briefing. “It's really that simple. Face coverings can save lives.” 

The requirement does not apply children under 12 or to persons with disabilities or medical conditions that prevent them from wearing masks. The order strongly recommends that children between 2 and 12 years of age wear a face covering in settings like grocery stores and pharmacies where it’s difficult to maintain at least six feet of distance from people who are more vulnerable to serious health complications from the virus.

If you forget to bring your mask to campus, single-use masks are available at the Service Center. Please call when you arrive (503-370-6300), and the staff will let you in. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

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