Probably Florida should prepare for a new wave of interstate asylum – this time from Oregon.
The Oregon Health Authority, during a meeting on Thursday, discussed making their existing statewide mask mandate permanent, according to The Blaze.
Oregon is one of six states – including Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Mexico and Washington – that require most people to wear face coverings when participating in indoor activities, regardless of immunization status.
At the meeting, the Health Authority’s Rules Advisory Committee discussed how to extend the requirement in the future without closing. The current regulation is only in effect for six months as a temporary measure. It will expire in February.
The group’s top medical adviser tried to turn the outcome around.
“Forever means indefinitely. Dr. Paul Cieslak told the local media. “We could also deregulate this, but we are only allowed to have provisional regulation for 180 days, and anything beyond 180 days, we cannot extend.”
Oregon’s first mask mandate, in place in May 2020, lasted for 13 months.
The proposed new rule is expected to be released within a few weeks. A public hearing on it will be held later.
Despite Dr. Cieslak’s denial, Oregonians should prepare for the long haul.
Democratic Governor Kate Brown declined to say when the masks might launch.
In an interview with local media two weeks ago, Brown was asked exactly that question. Her answer shouldn’t make voters think they might soon get rid of the veil.
“What is most important to me during this pandemic is that Oregonians stay alive, healthy and safe, that we keep our children in school with as little disruption as possible, and that our businesses can stay afloat and keep growing, so that’s where we’re focused,” Brown told KATU. “We will continue follow science and data to keep Oregonians safe, to keep our schools open and our businesses to thrive,” the governor said.
KATU noted that was the same answer they received in October when they asked Brown about the future of masking under the current interim rule.
“The governor’s goal during the Delta boost continues to be to save lives, protect hospital capacity, and keep Oregon businesses, schools, and communities open. Every time Oregonians put on masks, they help us work toward that goal,” Brown’s office said in a statement.
“Masks are a simple and effective tool to slow the spread of COVID-19. While COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have continued to decline in recent weeks, far too many Oregonians continue to be hospitalized and die from COVID-19. Oregon Health Authority and Oregon OSHA will continue to monitor Oregon’s COVID-19 metrics in assessing Oregon’s mask requirements in the coming weeks and months. ”
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