State announces mask mandate to be lifted by the end of March

Masks would no longer be required indoors soon, the Oregon Health Authority said on Monday, Feb. 7. (The Enterprise/File photo)

UPDATE: This story has been updated with comments from Alisha McBride, superintendent of the Vale School District, and Malheur County Health Department Director Sarah Poe.

The days of being required to wear mask indoors, including for children at school, are expected to end next month with an announcement Monday from the Oregon Health Authority.

The state agency said that the mask mandate would be lifted by no later than March 31, with the exact date based on expected declines in hospitalizations.

Masks are required in most indoor settings, such as grocery stores and entertainment venues. School employees and children are also required to be masked while inside school buildings.

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