Corvallis companies, mask requirements – the Corvallis Advocate
Even though the CDC recommended that fully immunized people be able to resume normal activities without wearing a mask or observing social distancing, many states and local governments keep various restrictions in place for everyone, and many companies maintain their current policies, even for people who can document their vaccinated status. The next few weeks are going to be confusing for people as they see an increasing number of their neighbors on the streets and in the shops, taking advantage of this new policy by going without a mask.
A great source of confusion is that not everyone will be able to do without a mask everywhere, as private companies can set their own policies. We’ve reached out to some local stores to find out what they have to say about the masking.
American Dream Pizza will continue to require masking at its two restaurants, except when actively eating.
The international bazaar market on Southwest 3rd St. will continue to require masks.
Bi-Mart continues to demand masks at both Corvallis stores pending whether they can legally require people to show proof of vaccination before entering the store unmasked.
the Block 15 Brewery and tap room on SW Deschutes Dr. in South Corvallis has a faucet room open to the public which requires masks unless you are actively drinking.
All branches of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library remain closed to the public, but the Library continues to engage in dynamic trade in contactless services.
The Corvallis Southside Market on South 3rd St. will continue to require masks.
Crossfit train on South 3rd St. said they intend to allow fully vaccinated clients to work without a mask.
Downing Gym said he would follow state guidelines and declined to comment further.
the First alternative cooperative grocery store will continue to require masks for member and non-member buyers and staff, and will continue to use dividers and other security measures.
Corvallis Fred meyer will require masks for all clients.
Corvallis Star Nails & Spa in Buchanan will always require that guests wear masks.
Hong Kong Asian Market on Kings Blvd. will still require masks.
the Home Depot at the northeast end of town will continue to require masks.
The citronella noodle house on Monroe Avenue has yet to decide whether it will continue to demand masks. So if you go, bring one for now.
The manager of Choice market seemed a little hesitant to commit, but eventually admitted that they will continue to require masks from all customers.
AT Matt’s Cavalcade of Comics, Cards and Collectibles, they said, “When people ask, we say we would rather people continue to wear masks.”
New morning bakery will continue to demand masks from people while they are not actively eating.
the Downtown post office will not need masks for those vaccinated, but branches in other businesses such as UPS or FedEx stores can – check with them.
AT Renewal of the show on Kings Blvd., the manager said she “hadn’t made a decision yet” on whether she wanted to change her mask policy.
Oriental Foods Rice ‘N’ Spice on Avenue Van Buren will continue to demand masks.
There are three Safeway stores strategically located around Corvallis. Everyone will continue to demand masks.
Squirrel Tavern on 2nd St., masks “until further notice” will be required.
The Washington Street liquor store allows fully vaccinated people to come unmasked.
WinCo will require masks from all customers until further notice.
Many people who are fully vaccinated Carry on at carry their masks in Public, of course.
Our advice? Follow your gut on this one and wear masks when you feel like you should. No vaccine is 100% effective and there are many variations of the coronavirus. And if you find yourself without a mask, stay six feet from anyone you don’t know. We will get there if we continue to be careful.
By John M. Burt