PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Starting Wednesday, face coverings will be required in indoor public spaces within Clackamas, Hood River, Lincoln, Marion, Multnomah, Polk and Washington counties. 

In those seven Oregon counties, employees and customers will have to wear a mask, face covering or face shield in places like grocery stores, gyms, restaurants and stores.

The Broadway Grill and Brewery in northeast Portland already has a clear sign up that says, “No shoes, no shirt, no mask, no service.”

“We’re just trying to stay healthy, that’s our number one thing,” manager Amanda Golden said.

They’ve already had that rule in place when customers are inside, except while eating or drinking, which is laid out in the state guidelines.

“People are awkward like, ah, ah, ah, no, when you’re at your table, it’s your own little thing, take off your masks, drink, do all that freely but if you get up to go to the restroom or anything like that, we ask that you wear your mask,” Golden said.

Lloyd Athletic Club is also ahead of the game requiring face coverings for employees and clients.

“It gets a little uncomfortable at times, the built up of the in and out of the breath, it gets a little warm at times, but that’s OK, you just live with it,” Michael Prengergast said during his workout.

And with the new rule, other fitness-related organizations will have to do the same. But the guidance does not require face coverings during strenuous physical exercise.

“If someone’s in the cardio area by themselves and they happen to pull their mask down a little bit just to catch their breath, it’s not the end of the world. We’re going above and beyond the call of duty so that people can stay safe,” Lloyd Athletic Club manager Nick Davidson said.

The requirement does not apply to people with a disability or medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask or to children under 12.

In Lincoln County, the mask requirement does not apply to people of color who have heightened concerns about racial profiling and harassment due to wearing face coverings in public.

You can learn more about the guidance by clicking here.  

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(8) comments

sgip2000

All these "orders" sure are saving me a lot of money. I will not be wearing a mask in public because I will just not be in public, No shopping, no restaurant visits, no movie theaters. Who wants to wear a mask for 2 hours while watching a movie?

steveO

To make this rule not apply to people of color in certain counties is absolutely ridiculous. What kind of a decision is that? Shows the stupidity of the Government in this state. Any Law or Emergency Rule should apply to all people, regardless of color, race, etc.

commentor

'Masks required inside public places in 7 Oregon counties starting Wednesday' And subject yourself to some racial profiling or otherwise?

And I think it is illegal to wear a mask if you are a CHL holder and are packing.

Merlin

Racial profiling is alive and well in Lincoln County.

commentor

'Masks required inside public places in 7 Oregon counties starting Wednesday' Are businesses going to supply the masks? And not to mention, they are going to have to be very specific about the face coverings, because if not you will have people wearing

Batman mask

Bane mask

Tonto mask

Green Hornet mask

Green Lantern mask

Kato mask

The Jason from Halloween mask

Freddy Kruger mask

invisible masks

Duct tape mask

and on and on and on.

Sun Tzu

'Masks required inside public places in 7 Oregon counties starting Wednesday' And again, no specifics as to what type of mask. So if a person was to wear a certain type mask like that person wore in San Diego did, would that be acceptable? How about a Bane mask? Green Hornet mask? Kato mask? Green Lantern Mask? A hockey mask? Lone Ranger mask? Batman mask? A panty hose mask? Gotta be specific.

WTF

[ninja][batman]. For all you idiots that actually have to ask this....THEN YOU ARE TRULY AN IDIOT!!!!! I guess common sense just doesn't comprehend to you I guess. Unbelievable!

commentor

Lighten up Francis.

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