Oregon Health Authority will require businesses, workplaces, and houses of worship to check the vaccination status of anyone wishing to enter the premises without a mask.
Oregon Health Authority
OHA’s website notes that “Businesses, employers and faith institutions now have the option to adjust their masking guidance to allow fully vaccinated individuals to no longer wear a mask in their establishments.”
“Businesses, employers and faith institutions doing so must have a policy in place to check the vaccination status of all individuals before they enter their establishment,” the site further decrees.
“Businesses, employers and faith institutions who do not create such policies will maintain the same masking guidance listed below, regardless of an individual’s vaccination status,” it adds.
The Times reports:
“This statewide mandate, one of the first of its kind in the country, raised concerns that the procedure of verifying vaccinations could be too cumbersome for workers.”
Essentially, there is still a mask mandate in place for anyone who cannot prove they have taken the vaccine, or have chosen not to take it.
The report notes that local business leaders are not all happy with the measures.
“We have serious concerns about the practicality of requiring business owners and workers to be the enforcer,” said Nathaniel Brown, a spokesman for Oregon Business and Industry, which represents companies like Nike, as well as small businesses. “We are hearing from retailers and small businesses who are concerned about putting their frontline workers in a potentially untenable position when dealing with customers.”
Fully vaccinated people in Oregon will have to show proof of their vaccination status in order to enter businesses and other facilities without a mask.
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The development comes after the CDC updated its guidelines to say that those who have been vaccinated no longer need to wear masks indoors or outdoors, following repeated criticism from the likes of Senator Rand Paul and journalist Tucker Carlson that forcing people to wear masks even after vaccination is anti-scientific and only serves to increase skepticism of the vaccine itself.
Some state governors, such as Texas’ Gregg Abbott, and Florida’s Ron DeSantis are issuing their own orders prohibiting businesses and employers from introducing mask and proof of vaccination status mandates.
Analysts have noted, however, that if they want to ensure complete freedom from masks and vaccine passports, those leaders need to strengthen their orders.
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