Oregon eyes bucking mask mandate trend with permanent rule

Oregon eyes bucking mask mandate trend with permanent rule
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[Ed. – What that means is making the mandate indefinite; i.e., not putting an end date on it.  Authorities would then have to make a decision to end it.  Residents are obviously extremely resistant to this idea.]

As states around the country lift COVID-19 restrictions, Oregon is poised to go the opposite direction — and many residents are fuming about it.

A top health official is considering indefinitely extending rules requiring masks and social distancing in all businesses in the state.

The proposal would keep the rules in place until they are “no longer necessary to address the effects of the pandemic in the workplace.”

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Michael Wood, administrator of the state’s department of Occupational Safety and Health, said the move is necessary to address a technicality in state law that requires a “permanent” rule to keep current restrictions from expiring.

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