News for those who live, work and play in the Santiam Canyon

Indoor mask requirement gone March 12

With declining COVID case rates and hospitalizations, Oregon will adopt a new indoor mask policies and moving from mask requirements to mask recommendations in schools beginning after 11:59 p.m. March 11.

“As we learn to live with this virus, we must remain vigilant to protect each other and prevent disruption to our schools, businesses, and communities – with a focus on protecting our most vulnerable and the people and communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19,” Oregon Governor Kate Brown said in a statement.

Oregon DMV mask free starting March 14

Masks will be optional for customers indoors at Oregon DMV offices and inside cars during DMV drive tests starting March 14.

The requirement for masks inside state offices officially ends March 12 – a Saturday. At DMV, this will take effect when offices open the following Monday.

Before you visit a DMV office, see if you can get the DMV service you need at or make sure your local office is open by checking at

Oregon DMV partners that are private businesses – such as drive test providers, driving schools and teen driver education – may choose to continue mask requirements under their own business rules after March 11.

Masks still required for certain settings

State policies do not change federal requirements, which still include masks on public transit such as school buses. Mask will also still be required in health care settings including hospitals, doctor and dentist offices, urgent care and dialysis centers.

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