Oregon health officials want to make mask mandate permanent

Oregon health officials want to make mask mandate permanent
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[Ed. – Although “open-ended” might technically be more accurate, “permanent” conveys the sense better.  The health officials don’t want end dates and reviews; they want a mask mandate in effect until they say it can be over – and there’s no proposal for how to hold them accountable to say it.]

Oregon state health officials unveiled a new proposal in January which seeks to make temporary mask mandates permanent.

The current order, passed in November by the state’s workplace safety department, which requires all employers to implement state-imposed guidelines for social distancing and mask compliance, is set to expire on May 4. Oregon health bureaucrats are now seeking to make the rules permanent.

“Although the rule must be adopted as a permanent rule, its purpose is to address the COVID-19 pandemic,” the proposal reads. “Oregon [Occupational Safety and Health] intends to repeal the rule when it is no longer necessary to address the pandemic.”

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No threshold for what constitutes when the mandate is “no longer necessary” however, is offered in the proposal.

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