Oregon COVID-19 Mask Requirements

Face Coverings Required Statewide

Masks, face shields and face coverings are currently required statewide for offices and indoor public spaces (for example, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and more). In addition, face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible.

Children age 5 and up are required to wear a face covering. People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear one

Why wear a mask?

Converging studies show that wearing a mask can help protect both us and the people around us from spreading and catching COVID-19. It’s an empowering way for each of us to protect our communities, our families, and ourselves.

What kinds of masks are acceptable?

Face coverings come in many kinds, ranging from homemade cloth face coverings and plastic face shields to surgical masks and N95 respirators. We encourage Oregonians to continue conserving medical-grade masks for the medical professionals who need them most. Face shields and cloth face coverings are effective for most non-medical uses, and they’re both reusable and washable.

How to wear a mask

Masks and face coverings are most effective when they cover both your nose and mouth. Remember to wash them regularly, and only wear them once they are completely dry.

Masks and disabilities

Everyone must wear a mask in indoor public spaces like grocery stories, pharmacies, and retail stores. If someone with a disability is unable to wear a mask or alternate face covering (like a face shield), they can request a reasonable accommodation from the business. These accommodations might look like grocery store pick-up or pharmacy delivery.

Masks and kids

Kids age 5 and older are required to wear a mask, and kids over 2 can wear a mask, as long as they’re able to remove it themselves.


Information courtesy of Oregon Health Authority

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