On May 15, 2020, Governor Kate Brown issued new guidance for reopening businesses throughout the state of Oregon. The mask and face covering guidance says that certain businesses, including retail stores, must require employees, contractors, and volunteers to wear a mask, face shield, or face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). These businesses must also provide masks, face shields, or face coverings for their employees. Individuals who cannot wear a face covering due to a disability are entitled to an accommodation, which is consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state anti-discrimination laws. The new guidance also addresses how to implement and enforce a face covering policy for customers and visitors and outlines specific requirements for retail stores.
Tips For Employers: This guidance applies immediately, statewide. The governor issued additional guidance for previously closed businesses (restaurants and bars, personal service providers, shopping centers and malls, and gyms and fitness centers) that are allowed to reopen on a limited basis in counties that have been approved to move into Phase 1. Refer to the governor’s COVID-19 web page for the latest updates on reopening stages and requirements for businesses. You may also contact your Vigilant safety professional or Vigilant Law Group employment attorney for assistance with specific issues.