Mask up, Malheur County. State issues new requirements for employers

Masks are cropping up in all prints and styles as the community opens. (The Enterprise/File photo)

Those people serving you coffee, stacking apples at the grocer or finding that odd plumbing fixture at the hardware store all will have to be do so behind masks under state rules issued last Friday.

The new guidance from the Oregon Health Authority said certain businesses must require employees and contractors to wear face covering.

A “face covering” is defined as a cloth or paper mask that covers the nose and mouth.

The new rule applies to all retail stores, grocers, and restaurants and bars. The coverings are also mandatory for employees at pharmacies, fitness outlets and for personal service providers such as hairdressers and barbers.

Those providing public transit must wear the coverings and so . . .