Oregon Health Bureaucrats Moves To Implement ‘Permanent’ Indoor Mask Mandate

A mask required sign is displayed on the entrance to a business Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) assembled a Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) earlier this week to address a permanent indoor mask mandate in the state, Fox News reported. Oregon is one of few territories in the United States to still force masks at a statewide level nearly two years into the pandemic.

This move comes as no surprise, with Big League Politics previously covering the desire of public health “experts” to forcibly muzzle Americans for potentially the rest of human life back in April.

As states around the country gradually begin to ease Coronavirus restrictions, public health experts in Oregon are pushing for the opposite.

Michael Wood, a top health official and administrator of Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division, has justified his support for the measure by pointing out that emergency powers often come with a time frame, and that his worry is the state will exceed it…

According to Wood, he will make a final decision on whether to create a permanent mask mandate by May 4th. It is important to note that none of these measures have been voted on whatsoever, whether by a ballot measure or even the state legislature.  This consideration for a permanent mask mandate will be unilaterally decided by Wood and his agency.

Public Experts of Oregon Pushing For Forever Mask Mandate

The committee included representatives from the hospitality industry, the business sector, and faith communities, according to local ABC affiliate KATU.

Dr. Paul Cieslak, the medical director for communicable diseases and immunizations with OHA, explained to KATU that OHA’s potential “permanent” indoor mask mandate is not necessarily permanent because it can be repealed.

“Permanent means indefinite. It doesn’t necessarily mean permanent,” Cieslak said. “We can repeal it as well, but we are only allowed to have a temporary rule for 180 days, and anything that goes beyond 180 days, we cannot extend it.”

Democrat Governor Kate Brown reinstated an outdoor mask mandate in the state, excusing the tyrannical exercise by saying it was somehow how necessary to fight the delta variant in August.

“We continue to see a concerning pattern of COVID-19 spread throughout the state, with the heaviest concentrations found in counties with lagging vaccination rates,” OHA Director Pat Allen said at the time.

Fortunately not all public health “experts” are robots who believe that humans do not deserve the right to properly breathe. Johns Hopkins Professor Marty Makary, for instance, has spoken against indefinite mask mandates.

“We may have a baseline rate of COVID cases hovering around where they are now in the Southeast forever,” Makary said in a November interview. “We are entering an endemic phase and the question we need to ask as a society is, do we want a perpetual society with people masked?”

Makary added: “And the marginal benefit of masking is diminishing as the prevalence declines. Also, in many instances we’re requiring masks of people at the absolute lowest risk and by insisting on throwing the kitchen sink at virus transmission we will have to pay the piper somehow. That may come in the form of a loss of human connection, more increased mental health problems, and in children a series of problems including issues in development and speech development and other downsides.”