Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced new requirements for face coverings and limits on social gatherings in a statement.
Starting on July 15, Oregon’s face covering requirement will be expanded to apply to “outdoor public spaces when six feet of distance cannot be maintained,” according to the statement.
In addition, the new restrictions prohibit indoor gatherings of more than 10 people, the statement added.
The move comes in response to “the alarming rise in Covid-19” cases in the state.
“We need to do absolutely everything we can to reduce transmission in ways that do not require us to close down businesses again,” Brown said in the statement. “Either people will adhere to this requirement and be a positive force for stopping Covid-19, or I will be forced to take more restrictive measures."
Although the state has seen a rise in cases, it has not been as steep or dramatic as states like Florida or Arizona. A CNN analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University has Oregon showing a steady trend of new cases.