Lincoln County Faces Online Backlash For Mask Policy


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Last week, seven Oregon counties started requiring masks inside businesses. But one of those counties received a lot of national media attention. Lincoln County’s mask requirement included a clause that “people of color who have heightened concerns about racial profiling and harassment due to wearing face coverings in public” were exempt from the rule. After people of color in Lincoln County told commissioners the racist backlash was making them feel more unsafe, the county changed the rule. Lincoln County Commissioner Claire Hall joins us to talk about the decision.

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