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Efforts to make Oregon's coronavirus rules permanent met with fierce opposition

Added 04-18-21 10:23:02am EST - “Efforts to make Oregon's coronavirus regulations permanent have been met with resistance.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Efforts to make Oregon's coronavirus rules permanent met with fierce opposition”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The state’s emergency regulations expire on May 4, but a proposal that would extend Oregon’s mask mandate and social distancing requirements indefinitely has sparked the ire of state residents.

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division received a record-breaking 5,000 comments on the proposed rules before the public comment period ended, eclipsing the past record of 1,000 comments.

“The majority of comments were simply hostile to the entire notion of COVID-19 restrictions,” Michael Wood, the administrator of Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division, said. “The vast majority of comments were in the context of, ‘You never needed to do anything.’”

Republican state Sen. Kim Thatcher is a staunch opponent of the proposal and questioned the threshold at which the mandate would be rescinded.

“When will masks be unnecessary? What scientific studies do these mandates rely on, particularly now that the vaccine is days away from being available to everyone?” Thatcher said. “Businesses have had to play ‘mask cop’ for the better part of a year now. They deserve some certainty on when they will no longer be threatened with fines.”

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