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Gov. Brown to announce statewide indoor mask mandate

Gov. Kate Brown is scheduled to announce use of masks or face coverings in public indoor spaces n Aug. 11, after cases of Covid and Delta variant have increased statewide. (The Enterprise/Rachel Parsons)

SALEM - Gov. Kate Brown is scheduled to announce statewide indoor mask requirements tomorrow, in response to projections that Covid hospitalizations will exceed health system capacity in the state in the coming weeks.

Details about the new mandate will be released at a news conference she has scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 11. She already had imposed a mandate on all Oregon schools for students and staff to wear masks indoors.

The governor said in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon that she also is requiring virtually all state employees to be vaccinated. Her new order won’t apply to those who work for the Legislature . . .