Masks could be mandatory indoors in one state. Politicians in Oregon are working overtime to make indoor mask mandates permanent.
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) created a Rules Advisory Committee, which included community stakeholders, to discuss making current indoor mask mandates permanent, KATU reported.
OHA medical director for communicable diseases and immunizations Dr. Paul Cieslak says that a permanent mask mandate doesn’t mean it will always be permanent.
“Permanent means indefinite. It doesn’t necessarily mean permanent,” Dr. Cieslak told KATU. “We can repeal it as well, but we are only allowed to have a temporary rule for 180 days, and anything that goes beyond 180 days, we cannot extend it.”
The public will be allowed to voice their opinions after the rule is proposed formally,
If the rule becomes permanent, it will allow the state to keep an otherwise temporary mask mandate, permanent.