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Oregon Governor Kate Brown is expanding the face covering order statewide starting tomorrow. She says modeling shows that, if further action isn't taken, hospitals could be overwhelmed by increasing cases and she doesn't want to shut down businesses. The Governor says the only exceptions are for people who can't medically wear a mask and children younger than age 12. Oregon OSHA, along with state and local agencies, will enforce the requirement at businesses. Deschutes County Commissioner Patti Adair understands the order for masks in indoor public places. She says everyone must also social distance outdoors to keep things safe. Adair says the county has ordered thousands of masks that will be available soon to the public. Commissioner Tony DeBone says it’s all about public health at this point. Bend Mayor Sally Russell says with people from all over the state and nation coming here for the holiday it’s important to protect businesses, their employees and the general public.


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