There is one state in particular that is edging to make these masks a permanent feature. Breathing problems? Too bad. If you live in the state of Oregon, you’ve got to wear your mask like a good little boy or girl. If you don’t like it, take it up with Oregon Governor Kate Brown.
There has been a great deal of COVID madness in the state of Oregon, and there is a possibility that the situation might even deteriorate even worse. An article published by Genevieve Reaume of local news outlet KATU news revealed that the state is contemplating making its indoor mask rule permanent.
Reaume noted that the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) convened their Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) meeting last Thursday, and it was during that meeting that they received input on these indoor mask regulations.
However, to make matters worse, Reaume stated that she believes that this is the first step in making the mask requirement permanent.
Dr. Paul Cieslak is the medical director for communicable diseases and immunizations with OHA and he says that making the rule permanent doesn’t necessarily mean that it is going to be in place forever.
“Permanent means indefinite. It doesn’t necessarily mean permanent,” Dr. Cieslak said. “We can repeal it as well, but we are only allowed to have a temporary rule for 180 days, and anything that goes beyond 180 days, we cannot extend it.”
Of course, the rule remains permanent which also means that the mandates can remain in place as well.
Reaume also pointed out in her research that Oregon is one of the only states that still have an indoor mask rule, regardless of whether the person received a vaccine.
According to the AARP article written by Andy Markowitz that was last updated on November 24th, there have been additional states such as Hawaii, Illinois, New Mexico, Nevada, and Washington State have similar injunctions, as well as one being in Washington D.C. until at least November 22nd.
When it comes to events with 500 or more attendees, the state of Washington will even mandate that attendees wear outside masks.
Of course, there is a possibility that this tweet from Governor Kate Brown (D-OR) that was originally posted on December 10, 2020 might come to mind, long-since deleted:
“This #LGB flag would look good at your place! Or maybe you can order a few for Christmas gifts! Surprise someone with an LGB Flag for a stocking stuffer!! Get YOURS before they run out!!”
This might be a little side note regarding the Oregon Governor, but she is currently one of the most unpopular governors in the United States, according to Gallup. Her approval is barely 43 percent. Yet another revelation would be that Democrat governors have dominated this list, while the GOP governors are currently the ones with the highest approval ratings.
Presently, there have been just over 79% of Oregonians who have received the vaccination, with 73% who have received the whole series and just over 21% who have received an additional dose.