Governor requires face coverings for all Oregonians starting Wednesday

Gov. Kate Brown announced a new mandate Monday to require state residents to wear face coverings in indoor public places. (Jonathan House/Pamplin Media)

SALEM – Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday that state residents will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public places beginning Wednesday in response to the Covid virus outbreak.

The announcement imposes a restriction that until this week had been required in only seven counties in western Oregon. Malheur County residents face the new requirement as the community experiences a surge in Covid infections.

 “Over the last month, we have seen the disease spread at an alarming rate in both urban and rural counties. The upcoming July 4th holiday weekend is a critical point for Oregon in this pandemic, and we can all make a difference," Brown said in her announcement. "Modeling . . .