Lincoln County, Oregon has mandated face masks for everyone, except for persons of color who are fearful they will be racially profiled or harassed.
The coastal county’s health department announced that all residents must wear face coverings in public settings where they may come within six feet of each other.
Other exceptions include people with medical conditions.
Lincoln County is the home of Lincoln City, Newport, Depot Beach, and Yachats, all rural logging and cow grazing country along the Pacific Ocean, with a population of 46,034.
The racial makeup of the county is 90.59% White, 0.30% Black or African American, 3.14% Native American, 0.93% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 1.66% from other races, and 3.23% from two or more races. 4.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race, according to the 2010 Census.