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Oregon Health Authority releases new mask guidelines

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2021, file photo, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown visits the Marion County and Salem Health COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Salem. (Abigail Dollins/Statesman-Journal via AP, Pool, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2021, file photo, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown visits the Marion County and Salem Health COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Salem, Ore. Brown said Friday, March 5, 2021, that she is issuing an executive order mandating that all public schools provide universal access to in-person learning by the month's end for students up to fifth grade and by mid-April for older students. (Abigail Dollins/Statesman-Journal via AP, Pool, File)

Oregonians who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be required to wear a mask indoors in most public settings if their vaccination status can be checked, according to an Oregon Health Authority news release.

If, however, fully vaccinated individuals — those for whom two weeks have passed since completing their vaccination series — are in public settings where vaccination status is not checked, masks will still be required. Businesses and venue officials “remain free to establish their own, more restrictive policies regarding mask usage,” the release said.

Under the new guidelines, masks are no longer required in outdoor settings but are still recommended in crowded areas and at larger gatherings such as sporting events. They also recommended continued physical distancing, “as much as possible,” the release said.

OHA announced the new guidelines Tuesday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention announced eased masking and physical distancing guidelines for fully vaccinated people last week.

Masks and physical distancing will still be required in multiple settings, regardless of vaccination status, including:

• Child care facilities

• K-12 schools

• Workplaces where employees live together for periods of time, such as fire stations

• Licensed health care facilities

• Health care offices

• Shelters and transitional housing

• Adult jails and correctional facilities

• Private residences