Oregon will soon require people to wear masks outdoors in public settings where physical distancing isn’t possible, the governor said Tuesday, in response to near-state-record Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations. Gov. Kate Brown’s order — which will take effect Friday — is generally for everyone ages 5 and up, regardless of vaccination status. The new rule will “not apply to fleeting encounters, such as two individuals walking by one another on a trail or in a park,” the governor’s office said. But it will apply to public spaces where people can’t consistently maintain physical distance, such as large outdoor events, the office said. Exceptions are allowed for people who are actively eating or drinking outdoors, people involved competitive sports or public performance, and the homeless. While the rule won’t apply to outdoor spaces of private residences, “masks are strongly encouraged in those settings” when people from different households can’t maintain distance, the office said.
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