It used to be that Oregon residents just had to put up with a lot of rain, other than that, their life was pretty good in the Pacific Northwest.
Those days are gone, as not only does the state have to endure regular Antifa riots in downtown Portland, which from the outside it appears the local government has no desire or ability to control, but now it looks like the state will be mandating masks and social distancing in all businesses indefinitely, as they are set to approve a mandate to make COVID restrictions mandatory for perpetuity.
The COVID vaccines are available in Oregon, and people are taking them at the same rate s the rest of the country, and with spring time arriving their infection numbers and the threat is down, consistent to the rest of the nation.
Needless to say residents are extremely anger about the rules that will potentially be kept in place until they are “no longer necessary to address the effects of the pandemic in the workplace.”
Is this yet another example of inept politicians simply getting in their own way with a shocking lack of common sense? Sounds like a lot of people think so. So far over 60,000 residents have signed a petition against the proposal.
Michael Wood is the administrator of Oregon’s Department of Occupational Safety and Health, and he claims the move is necessary to address a technicality in state law that requires a “permanent” rule to keep restrictions from expiring..
The lack of clarity and communication from the top down is similar to something you’d see in a third world county. Opponents of the idea in Oregon, which includes parents, business owners, teachers and many others are upset the government won’t provide parameters of when the sanctions would be lifted.
How low do the COVID case numbers have to drop? How many people have to be vaccinated? Don’t ask Oregon officials that question, they don’t know or aren’t saying.
A decision will be made by Wood by May 4. The Governor in Oregon, along with both houses of their legislature are Democrats, and they have tightened the screws on residents all year with very strict COVID rules, while much of the rest of the country is moving forward with fewer.