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How to stay safe

Masks and face coverings


Face coverings, masks or face shields are required in every county in Oregon for people ages 5 and over. They help keep our communities safe. A face covering or mask that covers your nose and mouth is the best kind to wear. Sometimes a face shield works better, like if you are talking to someone who is deaf or hard of hearing who needs to read lips. When in doubt, wear a face covering when you’re around people you don’t live with.

Face coverings must be worn:

  • In indoor public spaces such as elevators, grocery stores and doctor’s offices.

  • In restaurants and bars except while actively eating or drinking.

  • By people ages 2 and over on public transit, at transportation hubs and ride-sharing.

  • When at work.

  • Outdoors when you may come within 6 feet of distance from someone you don’t live with.

If you are fully vaccinated, you can visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.

People with a medical condition or disability who cannot safely wear a face covering do not have to wear one. If someone with a disability can’t wear a mask, face shield or face covering, they can ask that the business take action to help them. That doesn’t mean people without a mask are allowed to enter the business, but the business must work with you to help meet your needs if they can. This help might look like grocery store pick-up or pharmacy delivery.

Please follow the do's and don'ts of wearing a face mask:

  • DO wear a cloth face covering in public to help protect people around you. If you have COVID-19 but do not have symptoms, you can still infect others around you.

  • DO wear a face covering at home if you have symptoms or are taking care of a person who might be sick.

  • DO make a cloth face covering at home from items like cloth t-shirts or scarves.

  • DO make sure your face covering covers both your nose and mouth and fits close enough to stay secure but still allows you to breathe.

  • DO wash your cloth face covering every day or after each use. Wash with warm water and soap. If it is disposable, please throw it away as soon as it is damp.

  • DO stay 6 feet away from other people and wash your hands often.

  • DON’T use cloth face coverings on children younger than 2 years of age or anyone who has trouble breathing.

  • DON'T touch your face while wearing a face covering.


Your employer must provide you with a face mask, face covering or face shield when you are at work. If your employer will not give you a mask, please contact Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (Oregon OSHA).


Harassment, bias, exclusion or other harmful reactions to people wearing face coverings may be against Oregon law. Learn more about your rights and answers to common questions about face coverings.