Oregon to businesses: Enforce masks or check vaccine status

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Oregon administered nearly 3.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon is hoping businesses will either enforce a mask policy or check customers’ vaccine status.

Dr. Dean Sidelinger said on Friday that the state is still working on releasing guidance for businesses but said that they either need to enforce mask wearing or “implement a plan that they are checking the vaccination status of those who come in.”

“We would anticipate that an establishment or business will have to have a system in place for asking about vaccines status and verifying that. Right now I would anticipate that would be seeing a card with the individual’s name, the vaccine site and date they got it, it could be a picture of the vaccine card or record from provider on their phone, but just a way of seeing that,” he said.

He said Oregon’s reopening framework and county risk levels remain in place.

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced they are easing mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings.

“Starting today, Oregon will be following this guidance, which only applies to fully-vaccinated
individuals. That means Oregonians who are fully-vaccinated no longer need to wear masks or
social distance in most public spaces,” Brown said.

Oregon has had nearly 200,000 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began and has administered nearly 3.5 million doses of vaccine.

Sidelinger said that while the news is optimistic as cases and hospitalizations are trending down, there is still reason to be cautious and urged everyone to get vaccinated.

The new guidance still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters, but it will help clear the way for reopening workplaces and schools.

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