The Oregon House Republicans sent a letter to Governor Brown asking her to follow the lead of other Western States and the guidance from the CDC about not having any more mask requirements if an Oregonian is fully vaccinated. Below is the full text of the letter and it can also be found by clicking Here.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Oregon’s response to COVID-19 should not be an outlier on the West Coast.
We send this letter to request that the state aligns its COVID-19 mask policy with Washington and California, and
adopts updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
On May 16, the CDC announced that fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or
physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations,
including local business and workplace guidance. Both the White House and the CDC have stated that the federal
government will never support a vaccine verification system, nor have they mandated that businesses do so.
In response, Washington Governor Jay Inslee updated the Healthy Washington proclamation:
“…business owners may adopt an ‘honor system’ and may assume that any customer who is not
wearing a face covering has been fully vaccinated. [The proclamation] further clarifies that business
owners and local authorities have the option to require that customers wear a face covering, and
that local authorities may not prohibit business owners from requiring that their customers wear a
California announced that it would align with the CDC’s mask guidance on June 15, when they intend to fully reopen
their economy. The state’s Health and Human Services Director, Dr. Mark Ghaly, told reporters that California is
not considering or requiring a vaccine passport for vendors.
Unlike Washington and California, Oregon’s response to the announcement from the White House and the CDC
puts pressure on businesses and exposes front-line workers to confrontation. Patrons are required to either display
proof of vaccination as a passport or continue to wear masks regardless of their vaccine or immunity status. Both
options for businesses contradict CDC guidelines.
At the beginning of the pandemic Oregon committed to aligning regulations with Washington and California. We
should not become an outlier now. We are reaching the end of the pandemic and should be lifting mandates, not
adding new ones.
We request that you end this vaccine passport/verification system immediately. It is time to place our trust in
Oregonians again. They have earned it.
Oregon House Republicans