Oregon Has Lifted Its Outdoor Mask Mandate

Oregon lifted its mask mandate for outdoor public spaces Tuesday, effective immediately. The mask requirement applied to any outdoor public spaces where people could not socially distance, like farmers markets or concerts. That means restaurants and bars can allow customers to dine outside without strict adherence to mask requirements, if they choose to do so.

In August, Gov. Kate Brown reinstated the state’s mask requirements outdoors for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people, which made it the first state in the country to do so after the Delta-variant-fueled surge that summer. Oregon was the only state that still had an outdoor mask mandate in place, and is currently one of

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