Public Health Recommendations:
Wearing Masks, Face Coverings and Face Shields and Physically Distancing in Public Settings
The Oregon Health Authority strongly recommends that:
• Individuals who are unvaccinated or who are at risk for severe COVID-19 disease continue to wear a mask or face covering and maintain physical distancing of at least six (6) feet from other individuals when in crowded areas and in large gatherings of individuals. Crowded areas and large gatherings of individuals include but are not limited to venues, event areas, sports events, fairs, festivals, parades, graduation ceremonies or wedding receptions.
o OHA does not recommend that individuals wear a face shield instead of a mask or face covering. Face shields can be very good at blocking droplets that individuals release, but they are not as effective at limiting the release of aerosols that can go around the shield. Wearing a face shield without a mask or face covering underneath the shield should be limited to situations when wearing a mask or face covering is not feasible, such as:
When a person has a medical condition that prevents them from
wearing a mask or face covering.
When people need to see mouth and tongue motions in order to communicate (e.g., for communicating with children in certain developmental stages or people hard of hearing).
• Individuals who are fully vaccinated and immunocompromised speak to their
healthcare provider about what precautions they need to keep taking. Evidence
suggests vaccines may be less effective in immunocompromised people. OHA
recommends that for some immunocompromised individuals the safest option is to keep masking and physical distancing particularly when around people that are unvaccinated.
• Individuals review and follow mask guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention