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Oregon considers 'permanent rule' on face masks, forcing pandemic restrictions indefinitely

Added 04-18-21 03:17:02pm EST - “Meanwhile, other states are lifting mask mandates altogether” - Theblaze.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theblaze.com: “Oregon considers 'permanent rule' on face masks, forcing pandemic restrictions indefinitely”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Many states across the United States have rescinded their pandemic-related mandate requiring residents to wear face masks because the COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be highly effective in combatting the virus.

A top Oregon health official is considering a "permanent rule," according to the Associated Press, mandating social distancing and the use of face masks inside workplaces indefinitely.

Current regulations expire on May 4, but Michael Wood, administrator of the state's department of Occupational Safety and Health, reportedly wants to alter state regulations to extend the mandate until "revised or repealed."

The proposal only promises to repeal the permanent rule once officials no longer deem face masks necessary.

Wood claimed the proposal is "driven by the pandemic, and it will be repealed," but admitted "it might not need to go away at exactly the same time the state of emergency is lifted."

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