Mask Requirements

(Updated November 23 , 2020)

Masks Required Statewide

According to current Oregon Health Authority guidance, masks are required all times unless you are:

  • At your own residence
  • In your own personal vehicle
  • Under five (5) years of age
  • Eating or drinking
  • Engaged in an activity that makes wearing a mask, face covering or face shield not feasible, such as when taking a shower
  • Sleeping
  • In a private, individual workspace
  • Removing the mask briefly because your identity needs to be confirmed by visual comparison, such as at a bank or if interacting with law enforcement

Learn more on Oregon Health Authority’s Mask Requirements web page and Governor Brown's Building a Safe & Strong Oregon website.


Types of Face Coverings

Oregon Health Authority does not recommend wearing a plastic face shield alone. While face shields can be very good at blocking droplets, they are not as good at stopping aerosols that can go around the shield. OHA recommends face shields only be used on a limited basis, for example when talking to someone who is deaf or hard of hearing and needs to read lips to communicate.

Instructions on how to properly wear a mask from the Oregon Health Authority Opens in new window

Why wear a mask?

Converging studies show that wearing a mask can help protect both us and the people around us from spreading and catching COVID-19. It’s an empowering way for each of us to protect our communities, our families, and ourselves. 


Masks and Disabilities

Everyone must wear a mask in indoor public spaces like grocery stories, pharmacies, and retail stores. If someone with a disability is unable to wear a mask or alternate face covering (like a face shield), they can request a reasonable accommodation from the business. These accommodations might look like grocery store pick-up or pharmacy delivery. Learn more about the ADA and face mask policies.


Masks and Children

Kids age 5 and older are required to wear a mask, and kids over 2 can wear a mask, as long as they’re able to remove it themselves.


Here are a few ideas to help your child feel comfortable if they feel unsure about wearing a mask or other face covering:

  • Let your child choose and decorate their mask.
  • Try different styles to see which is the most comfortable.
  • Put a mask on a favorite stuffed toy or draw one on a favorite book character.
  • Introduce the mask when everyone is relaxed but not too sleepy.
  • Practice wearing the mask at home to help your child get used to it.
  • Play some “let’s pretend” games with characters who wear masks.
  • Point out other people wearing masks while you’re out.

Additional Resources