Oregon and Washington lift mask requirements Saturday | Health & Fitness

By SARA CLINE – Associated Press/America Report

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After spending most of the pandemic under state indoor face covering requirements, Washington and Oregon will lift their mask mandates on Saturday, marking a significant step in the restoration of normalcy.

The milestone, which comes two years after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, follows the trend of the rest of the country as public health orders were abandoned en masse. Oregon and Washington are among the latest states to lift mask requirements.

“We are turning a page in our fight against the COVID virus,” Washington Governor Jay Inslee said during a recent news conference.

Last month, as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations dropped sharply, following a spike caused by the omicron variant, the Democratic governors of Oregon and Washington announced they would lift rules requiring masks in public places and closed schools on the 12th. of March.

“Two years ago today, we identified the first case of COVID-19 in Oregon,” Oregon Governor Kate Brown said in a statement. “On the West Coast, our communities and economies are linked. Together, as we continue to recover from the Omicron surge, we will build resilience and prepare for the next variant and the next pandemic.”

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