'It Will be the End of Freedom': Oregon Gov. Requires Proof of COVID Vaccinations to Enter Churches, Businesses
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As COVID-19 vaccinations have become more widely available, a debate is heating up over the push for vaccine verification in order for people to enter businesses or churches without a mask on.
On May 18, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced new mask guidelines for people fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Now, Gov. Kate Brown (D) is requiring that people show proof of their COVID shots either digitally or on paper.
State businesses may continue to ask all employees and customers to wear a mask rather than asking for verification.
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The OHA said those fully vaccinated will no longer be required to wear a mask in most indoor settings, but only where vaccination status is checked.
Under the updated guidelines, businesses, employers, and faith institutions can determine their own mask use policies. They can choose to no longer require masks but must request that people show proof of vaccination.
As we ease into a holiday weekend, many people in Oregon who are fully vaccinated against #COVID19 will continue to wear a mask in public places.— OR Health Authority (@OHAOregon) May 28, 2021
For fully vaccinated people who want to take their mask off where allowed with proof of vaccination, please remember: pic.twitter.com/m2c95aTbRb
2⃣ Businesses, venues and faith institutions have the option to require addt'l safety protocols w/ in their vaccinated sections.— OR Health Authority (@OHAOregon) May 27, 2021
3⃣ All children up to age 15 wearing a face covering will be permitted in vaccinated sections if accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent/guardian.
— OR Health Authority (@OHAOregon) May 28, 2021
If you don't have proof of vaccination, you can still enter an establishment but you must wear a mask and physically distance. Have a safe weekend.
But one conservative group is speaking out against the measure, arguing that the order is unconstitutional.
Freedom Foundation sent a letter to Gov. Brown demanding that she lift the vaccine status check requirement or face a lawsuit.
"The letter gives the Governor three options – rescind the order entirely, provide Oregonian's data to justify why the guidance is necessary, or expect the matter to be resolved in court."
And Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit religious rights law firm, said the mandate is a big step toward the loss of freedom.
"Digital health or vaccine passports along with tracking and tracing apps present a serious threat to freedom," stated Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver. "Vaccine passports and tracking apps are about collecting data and control. COVID is being used to advance this dangerous threat to freedom. We must never accept vaccine passports or tracking apps as the new normal. If we do, it will be the end of freedom."
Oregon Pushes Freedom-Killing Vaccine Passports@naomirwolf said, “I cannot say this forcefully enough: This is literally the end of human liberty in the West if this plan unfolds as planned…”https://t.co/HqFe47y8XW pic.twitter.com/BKCFRZRwPf— Liberty Counsel (@libertycounsel) May 25, 2021
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