Oregon Considering Making Mask Manadate Permanent

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Like freedom?

Then you may want to avoid the state of Oregon.

The top progressive health bureaucrat from Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division (OSHD) Michael Wood recently said that the mask mandate should become permanent. 

Want to go out in public, run a business or do anything? Mask up, friend! And don’t forget social distancing. 

Wait, weren’t these miraculous COVID shots supposed to save us all? Whatever happened to that?

Oregon’s mask mandate is set to expire soon and Wood said the threat from COVID is far from over, making it necessary to put in place “permanent” rules.

More blue state power, all for your own good. Are you buying it?

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‘We Are Not Out of the Woods Yet’

In his remarks, Wood said “we are not out of the woods yet,” and a permanent mask mandate and social distancing for everything will still be necessary. 

Oregonians are not happy about his comments and are demanding that there be a definite timeline of when restrictions will end, instead of open-ended bureaucratic rules that have no foreseeable conclusion. Numerous comments left after the OSHD new proposition slammed it for making things even worse. 

“The majority of comments were simply hostile to the entire notion of COVID-19 restrictions. The vast majority of comments were in the context of, ‘You never needed to do anything,'” Wood added.

Although Oregon is dominated by Democrats in the statehouse and state Senate, one of the rare Republicans Senator Kim Thatcher gave voice to conservative opposition to the new rules.

“When will masks be unnecessary? What scientific studies do these mandates rely on, particularly now that the vaccine is days away from being available to everyone? Businesses have had to play ‘mask cop’ for the better part of a year now. They deserve some certainty on when they will no longer be threatened with fines,” Thatcher said angrily. 

Will There Be Exceptions?

In addition to the alarming fact that unelected bureaucrats are now upending the US Constitution, it’s simply mindboggling how a state expects people to just wear masks and social distances for an unknown time stretching months or years into the future. 

Masks would be required even when doing outdoor activities for anyone over 5-years-old and can only be taken off inside your vehicle, while showering, eating, drinking or while sleeping. They can also be taken down for a second while someone verifies your identity such as police. 

It’s no surprise that Oregonians are angry. The expansion of these rules is draconian and bizarre. With no timeline in sight, the psychological burden of having unending restrictions, mask mandates and social distancing is significant. 

That’s not to mention the issues for businesses who, as Thatcher said, have had to play the role of mask cop for over a year now as their business drains away and they watch an oppressive government stifle their profits and customer base. 

What’s happening in Oregon also has broader implications. Across the country we can see how red states like Florida are standing up for freedom while blue states like Oregon and New York are going firmly down the road to totalitarian socialism. 

The result is that these blue states are either going to have people come out at the ballot box to put GOP politicians in office or any independents or conservatives uncomfortable with being micromanaged and suffocated in their daily life are going to leave these states as soon as possible. We’ve already seen it with the exodus from states like California to Texas and Arizona, and that’s only going to continue.