What year is it?
Kate Brown clarifies below that the mask mandate doesn’t apply in all outdoor situations, like if you’re strolling around with members of your own household or walking your dog. It’s for outdoor gatherings involving multiple households, whether large public crowds or smaller private shindigs where people can’t distance. Still, even some Democrats are scratching their heads about it. “Have any medical experts actually recommended this?” wondered former Obama aide Tommy Vietor.
Follow the science, they say.
To answer his question: Why, no. “Current data suggest the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in outdoor settings is minimal,” reads the current CDC guidance. “In general, fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask outdoors. Fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised.” If I recall correctly, in some interviews Fauci has nudged the vaccinated that they might consider wearing a mask if they’re in close quarters with others outdoors. But that’s as far as the feds are willing to go at the moment.
Is this COVID security theater, then? I thought we all got on the same page about the outdoors being very, very, very safe months ago.
I'm sure this will be widely ignored, even in the Democrat strongholds of Portland, Salem, Eugene and Corvallis.
Stephen Kruiser at PJ Media, Tyrannical Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Reinstates Outdoor Mask Mandate