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Oregonians Rebel as State Considers 'Indefinite Extension' of Pandemic Rules

Officials have not said how low COVID-19 case numbers must go or how many people would have to be vaccinated for the requirements to be lifted

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MONDAY, April 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- An indefinite extension on wearing masks and social distancing in all businesses is being considered by the administrator of the Oregon Department of Occupational Safety and Health.

Michael Wood said the step is required to prevent current COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions from expiring, the Associated Press reported. "We are not out of the woods yet," he said.

The proposal would maintain the rules until they are "no longer necessary to address the effects of the pandemic in the workplace," Wood explained.

However, many people are angered by the proposal. They say it is government overreach and note that officials will not say how low COVID-19 case numbers must go or how many people would have to be vaccinated for the requirements to be lifted, the AP reported.

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