Eugene Saturday Market to keep COVID-19 regulations in place for now

"As the guidelines lift, we will adjust and move forward," Roy said.

Posted: May 15, 2021 1:50 PM
Updated: May 15, 2021 5:39 PM

EUGENE, Ore. --- Even though the CDC announced on Thursday that fully vaccinated people no longer have to wear masks in most places, strict safety protocols are still enforced in places like the Eugene Saturday Market.

Saturday Market staff said those protocols will be in place for at least the foreseeable future.


"We have not been given official instructions on updated safety guidelines from OSHA," Vanessa Roy, Marketing Specialist for Eugene Saturday Market said.

Roy said they are asking their members and visitors to wear their masks and maintain social distancing. The overwhelming majority of people in attendance were doing so.

Roy expressed a level of concern regarding a change in protocol while Lane County is still in high risk, but said they will abide by the Governor's mandate.

"As the guidelines lift, we will adjust and move forward," Roy said.

She said that change could happen as soon as next week. 

When asked about their response to a possible change in mask regulations in the near future, most people at Saturday's event said they would continue to wear their mask, even when fully vaccinated.

"I am going to continue to wear my mask when I'm out here so I can make everyone feel comfortable," Jennifer Jones said. Jones is a member of the market, where she sells tie-dye apparel.

"It's been so unpredictable. There could be another surge, so I think masks are still going to be needed," Diane McWhorter, another market member said. 

Lisa and Wally Bowen are regular market-goers. They said they are fully vaccinated, but would likely still wear their mask if the rules trickled down to the market.

"This is a pandemic that we're learning about as it progresses," Lisa said.

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