If this past year has shown us that the American way of life can change just like that. From the mandatory lock-downs to the mask mandates across the nations. Even Biden is suggesting that if we “behave” then he’ll give us back our 4th of July. At the beginning of the year many states have reopened, and masks have been scarce in some areas of the states compared to others. Some believe that masks aren’t even necessary now, unlike health officials in Oregon who are considering making the state-wide mask mandates a “permanent rule” until they determine “it is no longer necessary.”
It is unclear, and frightening, just how officials will even decide when masks are “no longer necessary.” The people who live in the state of Oregon will have to continue wearing masks for a much longer time if officials decide to push to make the mask rule that was enacted on Nov. 16 by Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) permanent. This rule was set to expire on May 4th.
“Although the rule must be adopted as a permanent rule, its purpose is to address the COVID-19 pandemic,” the proposal reads. “Oregon OSHA intends to repeal the rule when it is no longer necessary to address the pandemic. Because it is not possible to assign a specific time for that decision, Oregon OSHA will consult with the Oregon OSHA Partnership Committee, the Oregon Health Authority, and other stakeholders as circumstances change to determine when all or part of the rule can be appropriately repealed.”
“The state mask mandates, however, which are particularly stringent, are becoming a progressively burdensome issue for a COVID-fatigued public one year into the pandemic,” The Federalist reported. “Even outdoor sports teams under state regulations are mandated to wear facial coverings where the arbitrary measure of six-feet distancing cannot be guaranteed.”
Even now with the mandate, members of high school cross-country running teams are required to wear masks while competitively running 5,000 meters while outside.
“The state has mandated masks be worn during all practices and competitions for high school sports. It’s a rule many coaches and runners are unhappy with, saying it’s difficult to competitively run 5,000 meters while masked. They also worry it could be dangerous,” reported The Register-Guard newspaper.
“It’s tragic to watch,” South Eugene coach Steve Richards told the paper. “It’s hard as a coach to send your kids out there. There’s been a lot of theorizing about the health risks between wearing a mask and not wearing one, and I can’t speak to those. I just know the looks on their faces. They’re running their guts out.”
Some states earlier this month have lifted their mask mandates. Texas businesses were allowed to reopen “100%.” Theme parks in California are set to reopen in April with some additional guidelines that they are requiring to ensure the safety of their guests. One of the more ridiculous guidelines states that guests should not scream or shout while on rides, including roller coasters.
“The California Attractions and Parks Association advises in the new guidelines for its ‘Responsible Reopening Plan’ that theme park visitors should avoid activities that increase the spread of COVID-19, such as singing, shouting, heavy breathing and raising one’s voice,” reports People.
“This rule applies when visitors are on the parks’ rides, meaning guests are recommended to stay silent on roller coasters that usually encourage people to do anything but,” the magazine said.