Over in the United States, in Oregon, Governor Kate Brown is considering making the state’s indoor mask mandate permanent in order to keep Covid-19 and its endless “variants” from spreading.
A local news report, which we have included down below, explains that the plan now the Omicron variant has arrived is to potentially keep masks in place forever.
Emmy-award winning KATU reporter, Genevieve Reaume, tweeted that indoor masking in Oregon is “likely here to STAY” based on what has developed in the state in recent days.
In the tweet, Reaume wrote: “Today, @OHAOregon (the Oregon Health Authority) worked with stakeholders (like those in the restaurant industry, business assoc., etc.) to discuss making the current indoor mask mandate permanent.
“Yes – that may sound alarming,” she added. “Here’s what you need to know about it: The current rule is temporary. It can’t be in place more than 180 days. Making the rule permanent allows the state to keep the rule. The rule can be repealed.”