The co-op strongly encourages masks but is lifting the requirement in accordance with the governor’s executive order. We realize this will come as good news to many, and some may find it uncomfortable. There are community members who cannot receive the vaccine due to weakened immune systems, age, or other reasons. With that in mind, we encourage mask-wearing and social distancing at the co-op.
The decision to continue wearing masks is at the discretion of each co-op customer and employee. We ask that you please be respectful of the personal decision others make. ⠀
As Oregon reaches a 70% vaccination rate, the governor is ending most Covid-19 restrictions starting June 30, including the statewide mask mandate. The Centers for Disease Control states fully vaccinated people may resume activities without wearing a mask or social distancing but advises the unvaccinated to continue wearing a mask. ⠀
The health of co-op shoppers and staff have been a priority throughout the pandemic. We were a leader in installing plexiglass shields for cashiers, handwashing stations and air scrubbers. Many safety precautions will remain, and we will continue to be responsive to any future changes to guidance around masks and distancing.
After more than a year of COVID-19 measures, we acknowledge removing the mask requirement is a significant change. We thank you for supporting the co-op as we’ve responded and adapted to the pandemic. We are hopeful our community will continue to progress in a healthy way and welcome you to our store!