With many states lifting COVID-related restrictions amid a more widely available vaccine, Oregon is poised to go in completely the opposite direction as health officials consider mandating masks and social distancing in all businesses indefinitely. 

The proposal, which has many residents fuming, would keep the rules in place until they are "no longer necessary to address the effects of the pandemic in the workplace." 

Michael Wood, administrator of the state's Department of Occupational Safety and Health, said the move is necessary to address a technicality in state law that requires a "permanent" rule to keep current restrictions from expiring.

The idea has prompted a flood of angry responses, with everyone from parents to teachers to business owners and employees decrying government overreach. 

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