This Oregon city has a COVID-19 hotline for residents to report people not wearing masks

With a greater focus on enforcing mask wearing on the horizon, the city of Bend has a hotline residents can call about businesses not adhering to the statewide mask mandate.The city established a complaint hotline for people to report businesses that are not following the COVID-19 related rules set back in July, during a previous peak in the spread of coronavirus. The number is 541-323-7155.
Numbers of cases and hospitalizations are surging statewide, and Gov. Kate Brown instituted a freeze that starts Wednesday. She earlier had expanded her mask guidance to include children over 5 and mandates mask wearing in businesses and other public places.

Callers to the hotline must leave a message and include the name of the business, the date and time of the violation and a description of the violation, according to the city. Anonymous calls are not accepted.

In response to a spike in COVID-19 cases, the Bend City Council preliminarily supported increasing the civil penalty for businesses violating the mask order to a Class A civil infraction, which comes with a fine up to $750.
Individuals not following the Oregon Health Authority mask guidelines in Bend still are subject to a $100 civil penalty for the first violation, $250 for the second, and $500 for a third violation. These penalties were adopted in July.Oregon Convention Center covid testing

The freeze details

Gov. Kate Brown announced new statewide restrictions for two weeks starting next Wednesday.

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