Fall and winter can mean traveling and gathering indoors with friends and family. These guidelines can help us keep each other safe from COVID-19.

Masks & face coverings

Latest guidance on masks and face coverings

Starting March 12, 2022: Masks, face coverings or face shields are no longer required in most settings in Oregon, including in businesses, faith institutions, K-12 schools and childcare settings. Learn more about when to continue wearing masks.

Masks and face coverings are still required in health care and some other settings.

Everyone 5 years of age and older is required to wear a mask or face covering, and children between 2 and 5 years old are strongly encouraged to wear a mask or face covering, in the following settings:

  • Hospitals

  • Doctor offices

  • Pharmacy windows and waiting areas

  • Dentist offices

  • Urgent care facilities

  • Long-term care and assisted living facilities

  • Behavioral health residential programs

  • Counseling, recovery and rehabilitation centers

  • Dialysis centers

  • School-based health centers

  • Any office where health care is provided

  • In addition, senior centers or independent living facilities may continue to require a mask, face covering or face shield, and physical distancing. Providers of in-home care, home health care or hospice services are still required to wear a mask or face covering when providing care.

Some businesses, organizations, schools, cities and counties also may continue to require a mask. CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time.

Who should continue to wear a mask?

Even though masks are no longer required in most public settings across Oregon, they are still effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19. Many people in Oregon will continue to wear masks.

It is recommended you continue to wear a mask and stay 6 feet from others if you:

  • Are not vaccinated

  • Are over the age of 65

  • Have a weakened immune system

  • Have an underlying medical condition that puts you at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19

  • Live with someone in one of these categories

We support everyone’s right to choose to wear a mask.

You can find social media share graphics, signage for businesses and other communications resources from the Oregon Health Authority.

Talking to friends and family about wearing a mask: Download this resource below for tips to talk with the people you care about when you feel safest wearing a mask.


Resources for businesses

Employers can show support for their employees and customers who choose to wear masks to protect themselves and their communities from COVID-19 with #MasksWelcome signage, a social graphic and sharing the hashtag.

Masks are welcome here: view downloads

Resources for individuals

Individuals who want to wear a mask to protect themselves and their communities can download and/or share a #MyMaskMyHealth social graphic or use the hashtag to show your support.

My mask, my health: view downloads