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Posted on: September 7, 2021

Beaverton and Other Cities to Adopt Enhanced Mask Policy in Effort to Mitigate Latest COVID-19 Surge

Beaverton, Hillsboro and Other Cities to Adopt Enhanced Mask Policy in Effort to Mitigate Latest Covid-19 Surge

The cities of Hillsboro and Beaverton collaborated to increase the response to COVID-19, in coordination with the League of Oregon Cities, and support statewide efforts aimed at mitigating the latest surge in the coronavirus due to the Delta variant. 

Effective Friday, Sep. 17, Beaverton public officials and city employees will be required, as part of an enhanced mask policy, to wear one of the following:

  • A city-provided KN95 respirator with a filtration efficiency of 90 percent or greater 
  • Double masks or cloth face coverings 
  • A mask brace or fitter aimed at improving the fit and filtration efficiency of a mask or cloth face covering 

The City of Hillsboro’s enhanced mask policy took effect on Saturday, Sep. 4, and requires employees to wear:

  • A city-provided KN95 respirator with a filtration efficiency of 90 percent or greater 

“We are encouraging our employees to lead by example and practice actions that will help reduce the spread and transmission of the coronavirus,” said Beaverton City Manager Jenny Haruyama. “I value the partnership with our friends at Hillsboro and the League of Oregon Cities. This is an opportunity to further health and safety within our communities and avoid unnecessary closures as we continue to stress access and availability of vaccinations.”

“The health and safety of our City personnel and community members during this pandemic remains a top priority, and this enhanced mask policy provides an opportunity to amplify this effort while also supporting the state’s efforts to combat the spread and impact of COVID-19,” said Hillsboro City Manager Robby Hammond. “At its core, we are asking staff to employ stronger measures to protect colleagues, their families, and community members, and we are grateful to all of our City employees for everything they are doing to stay safe during this challenging time.”

“The League of Oregon Cities is pleased to share this policy with all 241 of its member cities as a masking best practice that will protect employees and public services immediately,” said Scott Winkels LOC lobbyist. “Enhanced masking is not a substitute for a vaccine, but it’s a step that can reduce the spread now. Other cities will soon adopt similar policies—the City of Tigard will require all unvaccinated staff to wear a KN95 mask while at work, effective Sep. 13.

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