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A face shield is an allowable face covering

Is a face shield a legitimate substitute for a face mask? Or does the state masking requirement mean that only masks conform to the requirement.

— Milicent, Eagle Point

According to the Oregon Health Authority, Millicent, a face shield is an allowable alternative to a cloth or paper mask.

A face shield is a clear plastic shield that covers the forehead, extends below the chin, and wraps around the sides of the face, according to the OHA.

A face covering, according to the state, is a cloth, paper or disposable face covering that covers the nose and the mouth.

Masks, face shields or face coverings are not required while eating or drinking at a restaurant.

Children younger than 2 are not required to have a face covering.

In general, some kind of face covering is required to enter any public indoor space, including businesses. Whether you will continue to need to wear a mask depends on the nature of the business and its ability to provide six feet of separation for customers.

Send questions to “Since You Asked,” Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to youasked@rosebudmedia.com. We’re sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.