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Governor announces new Covid restrictions requiring children to wear masks, lowering gathering sizes

Gov. Kate Brown announces new state restrictions in a news conference in Portland on Thursday, March 12. (Jonathan House/Pamplin Media)

Gov. Kate Brown is imposing new statewide Covid restrictions, including requiring children to wear masks and lowering gathering size limits amid rapid spread of the virus throughout the state.

She also said she is considering restrictions on tourism that include a quarantine requirement for those coming from out of state.

At a Wednesday press conference, Brown announced that her changes to Oregon’s rules and guidelines on Covid will go into effect Friday, July 24.

One of the new restrictions requires children age 5 and over to wear masks in public, indoor spaces and outside when social distancing can’t be maintained, which will extend to kids returning to school in the fall.

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