Governor Kate Brown announced today that the State of Oregon would impose a state-wide mask mandate that applies to indoor spaces (effective date to be determined). It is unclear at this time whether employers will be required to mandate masks for employees and customers (or take other COVID-19-related precautions), and whether penalties will be imposed on employers who fail to enforce the mandate. We expect the Governor to release more details tomorrow during a press conference.

Governor Brown also announced a requirement that state executive branch employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 once the vaccines receive full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

At this juncture, it is unclear if Multnomah County will proceed with its mask requirement effective August 13 given the impending state-wide regulation. We will report as soon as we have more information.