Face Coverings

May 18, 2021 Update:

The Oregon Health Authority has issued new guidance regarding face coverings. Read the full guidance here or see below for a summary of the guidelines.

If you are fully vaccinated 

A “fully vaccinated individual” is a person who has received both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine AND at least 14 days have passed since the individual’s final dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

  • You can take your mask off when you are outdoors. 
  • You can take your mask off in indoor public settings where vaccination status is checked. 
  • Sharing vaccine status is voluntary, but you must continue to wear your mask if you choose not to provide proof.  
  • Businesses, employers and faith institutions must continue to require masks if they choose not to check vaccine status. 
  • When you are in a private home with people outside of your household who are not fully vaccinated, it’s safest to continue wearing your mask.    
  • If you are at risk for severe illness with COVID-19, you should continue wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and in large gatherings where there is increased risk of exposure.  
  • You must also continue wearing a mask in these high-risk settings: 
    • Health care building like hospitals, medical offices, labs, dialysis centers 
    • K-12 schools 
    • Public transportation like planes, Trimet buses, Max trains, and ride sharing like Uber and Lyft 
    • Transportation hubs like airports and bus stations 
    • Adult correctional and youth detention buildings.  
    • Shelters or transitional housing  
    • Other settings that have specific OHA or state agency requirements 

If you are NOT fully vaccinated 

  • Unvaccinated people are no longer required to wear a mask outdoors, but OHA strongly recommends unvaccinated people continue wearing face coverings and physically distancing in crowded outdoor spaces and in large gatherings.   
  • If you are not fully vaccinated it is also safest to continue wearing your mask indoors during social gatherings with people outside of your household.  
  • If you are not fully vaccinated you must still wear a mask in indoor public settings including restaurants (when not eating), businesses and at your place of employment. 

Businesses, employers and faith institutions

  • Businesses, employers and faith institutions can choose to no longer require masks and physical distancing for fully vaccinated individuals or continue to require masks and physical distancing in their locations for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.
  • If a business, employer or faith institution chooses to no longer require masks and physical distancing, the business, employer or faith institution must require visitors to show proof of vaccination and review the proof of vaccination. In that case, a business would need to have a policy for checking the vaccination status of customers and employees if they are not wearing masks. Fully vaccinated individuals would need to provide proof they’d been vaccinated if they want to remove face coverings and not observe physical distancing guidelines.

Read the CDC's guidance on what you can do once you've been fully vaccinated.