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Brown releases new guidelines Monday, July 13, in hopes of stopping new increases in infections.

SCREEN CAPTURE - Gov. Kate Brown has introduced new safety procedures to stop the spread of COVID-19.Gov. Kate Brown is expanding Oregon's statewide face mask policy, requiring that most Oregonians wear masks in outdoor situations when they cannot stay six feet from other people.

As the number of new COVID-19 infections continue to spike, the governor also planned Monday to announce a statewide limit of 10 people in indoor social gatherings. Those limits would not apply to businesses, the governor's office said.

With the tighter rules, Brown is following the lead of hard-hit states like Washington, California, Michigan and New Jersey, which have also expanded face-covering rules to apply to crowded outdoor spaces. The news comes less two weeks after Brown announced that Oregonians across the state would be required to wear a face mask in indoor spaces open to the public, such as grocery stores, gyms and pharmacies.

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