July 1, 2020 4:20 a.m.

Oregon has joined a growing number of states where face coverings are required in indoor public spaces.

Starting Wednesday the guidance applies to businesses and members of the public that are visiting those spaces throughout the state. That includes retail and grocery stores, fitness-related organizations, personal services providers, restaurants, bars and public transit agencies.

While specifics vary to some extent, 20 states in America now have statewide face covering requirements. Washington State mandates that all residents wear a face covering when outside their home, and businesses are not allowed to serve anyone that is not wearing a face covering, according to KOMO News in Seattle.

Guidance from the Oregon Health Authority said “indoor public spaces open to the public” include building lobbies and common spaces, elevators, and buildings or meeting rooms outside of private homes “where people gather for social, civic, cultural or religious purposes”.

Governor Kate Brown’s Press Secretary Liz Merah told News Radio 1240 KQEN that the state is working with Oregon businesses, including venue operators, to enforce the measures, just as they do with other health and safety laws. She said the Governor’s office is also working with community leaders to help achieve compliance in other indoor public spaces as well.