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.