By now you’ve probably heard about the Governor’s ordinance that requires face masks to be worn in indoor public spaces. The mandate goes in effect today, July 1st. We’ve all been through a lot together over the past several months, and I wanted to provide a centralized resource for this particular regulation. Additionally, here are my favorite places to find the best face masks! We’re all in this, dear Central Oregon family–let’s get through it together.
Kate Brown, Oregon’s governor, has outlined the rules and it is accessible to the public via the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 page. In the memo, dated 6/30, the requirements for businesses and the public are outlined. The main highlights: wear a mask at all times in indoor public situations with a FEW exceptions. Eating/ drinking, strenuous exercise, and singing/ performing include some of the exemptions. The mask mandate does not apply to children under the age of 12, although masks ARE advised for children over the age of 2.
Please be aware that fake Medical Exemption Cards are circulating. If you are a business owner, please read in depth about your rights and the rights of those who have a medical exemption from wearing masks.
It is unclear at this time how this mandate will be enforced. If Oregon follows in other state’s footprints, tickets could be issued (some areas are fining $1000 for people ignoring the mask rules).
Where to Find a Face Mask in Bend:
Lulu’s Boutique: Their stylish, adorable printed face masks come in a pleated, ear loop pattern.
Cowgirl Cash: Many options are offered here, but the theme is the same: adorable, functionality!
Outside In: Options from Recap Hats and Maloja Clothing!
Learning Express: Great options for face masks for the kids!
DIY: St. Charles Hospital came out with a DIY mask pattern, and many of the local quilting shops are offering fabric bundles as a deal!
Respect One Another
Central Oregon, we know these times are wild, tensions are high, and the current events have proven to be divisive for a lot of us. Let’s commit to ultimately respecting one another, and do our part to keep our community and economy open.
*For more information about how COVID-19 is affecting Central Oregon, see our earlier blog posts by clicking here.