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SALEM, OR (KPTV) - Following an increase in COVID-19 cases in the state of Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown has announced a statewide enforcement on face masks, physical distancing, and occupancy standards in place at businesses during the Fourth of July weekend.

Staff from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), supported by Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) field offices, will be conducting spot checks and inspections across the state during the holiday weekend.

Gov. Brown's office said the effort is to "ensure restaurants, bars, other businesses, and their patrons are complying with state alcohol laws, OLCC rules, and the requirement to wear a face masks in indoor public spaces."

Businesses that refuse to comply could be issued citations, fines, and Red Warning Notices if necessary, according to Gov. Brown's office.

"I am asking Oregonians this holiday weekend to take urgent steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 by wearing face coverings, avoiding large gatherings, and physically distancing," said Gov. Brown. "And state enforcement agencies will be out in force to ensure businesses are in compliance. Those businesses not complying with gathering size limits, face covering requirements, physical distancing rules, and other standards face stiff penalties."

The new effort comes after the Oregon Health Authority reported 375 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. This was the state's highest daily count since the pandemic began.

Gov. Brown also added eight counties to a "watch list" for COVID-19: Jefferson, Lake, Lincoln, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, and Wasco.

According to Gov. Brown's office, the spread of the coronavirus in those counties has "risen to alarming levels in recent weeks."

OHA attributed the rising levels in cases to community spread, meaning the infections are not attributable to a specific location or event.

Counties on the watch list will be monitored over the coming days. Gov. Brown's office said restrictive measures may be put in place if the counties do not see a downturn quickly.

"We stand at a crossroads this weekend––we can either stop the spread of COVID-19, or infections and hospitalizations will rise across Oregon and I will reinstate restrictive measures in impacted counties and business sectors," Gov. Brown said.

A news release from Gov. Brown's office stated that the increased enforcement by the OLCC and OSHA would run through the holiday weekend and "thereafter." No more was mentioned on the timeline of enforcement.

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(10) comments

WebFootSTi

I am so glad I signed a recall petition last week.

sagebrush

Comrade Brown. The mayor of Sandy, Oregon had a nice letter on Facebook. Basically, he told Brown to shove it and I think most of us agree with that.

Husky Loyalist

OK Expert Brown, why then has the death rate spiked? This is so phony. A flu with over a 99% recovery rate and she is enjoying exercising her illegal powers as given to her by her State Supreme Justices who are in her back pocket (she appointed a majority of them and now payback).

commentor

Gov. Brown enacts Fourth of July face mask enforcement at businesses' So Kate has weaponized the OLCC and OSHA to become her mask enforcers?

Get those recall petitions signed and mailed. The time is now to end her reign of despotism.

Bahlsach

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Insomn

The demoralizing reality of our Governor decided to violate every Oregonians rights with this mask mandate that's purely a mac guffin hunt to force the narrative of an emergency. Then demands people stay home and hint at robbing them of their right to travel. On 4th of July weekend. The celebration of Americans Independents from Tyranny.

Merlin

A gag would look good on Kate.

Just curious

[ohmy]How the officials have changed their tune. When this started they claimed face masks won't help anyone by wearing a mask. Now we are being forced to wear a mask.[sneaky]

Prerunner

Waaaaa! Snowflakes!

Beyondthewhy

Masks are deadly! They lower a persons ability to fight off the virus and once infected, masks makes the virus spread throughout the persons lungs.

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