SALEM, Ore. — Oregon OSHA confirmed on Monday that it will repeal most elements of a permanent rule codifying COVID-19 rules in the workplace once the state reaches Governor Kate Brown's benchmark of 70 percent vaccinated.
Governor Brown has repeatedly stated that most of the state's coronavirus restrictions will be lifted once 70 percent of Oregonian adults have received at least one dose of a vaccine. OSHA said that Brown asked them to review rules currently in place in light of the goal.
"Consistent with the governor’s decision, Oregon OSHA intends to repeal the basic face covering and physical distancing requirements of its COVID-19 rule when the state reaches 70 percent of its adults vaccinated against the virus with at least one dose," the agency said in a statement. "Oregon OSHA is also convening stakeholders to review its COVID-19 rules in light of the governor’s announcement and to determine whether other provisions should be repealed."
Discussions on the broader rule-set are expected to begin the week of June 14, OSHA said.
Preceded by a temporary rule, the permanent list of COVID-19 measures took effect on May 4. The permanent rule did include changes introduced through public comment, OSHA said, but the requirements are "largely consistent" with those in place since November of last year, following guidance from the Oregon Health Authority.
"When it extended the rule in May, Oregon OSHA committed to an ongoing process to eventually repeal it," the agency said. "As part of that process, Oregon OSHA will consult with the Oregon OSHA Partnership Committee, the Oregon Health Authority, the two Infectious Disease Rulemaking Advisory Committees, and other stakeholders."
As of Monday morning, OHA reported that 66.2 percent of Oregonian adults had received at least one dose of a vaccine.