When the pandemic started, we didn’t think we would be wearing a mask in the office in November of 2021.
The Oregonian raised an interesting issue recently. What metrics is the state using or should the state use to determine when to relax mask requirements?
The answer: The state apparently doesn’t have them.
Should the state have a metric or a series of metrics in mind when mask mandates no longer make sense? Would it be a benefit to lay that out in advance, so people know what to expect? The difficulty is, of course, it might not be easy to pick metrics not knowing what the future will really be like.
Gov. Kate Brown told us earlier this year when vaccinations were available that mask mandates would be over when 70% of adults were vaccinated. Cases surged again. The delta variant entered the picture, and that was over.
State officials say maybe when cases go down and COVID-19 isn’t surging again the state will relax requirements. That makes sense. Why not clearly lay out the criteria the state would use or explain why the state has no criteria?