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SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority announced Monday that masks, face coverings or face shields are required statewide for all workplaces and indoor public spaces. Examples of workplaces and indoor public spaces include offices, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars and retail stores.

Masks, face coverings or face shields are also required at outdoor businesses and in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing of at least six feet is not possible.

OHA recommends wearing a face covering or mask instead of a face shield, except in limited situations when a face shield by itself is appropriate, such as talking to someone who is deaf or hard of hearing and needs to read lips to communicate.

Children age 5 and older are required to wear a face covering. People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from a business, public space or workspace if they cannot wear one.

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