What Portland’s talking about
😬 Fully vaccinated Oregonians don’t need to wear masks — but the lack of official guidelines has local businesses nervous. Last week the CDC said that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks for most indoor and outdoor activities, and Oregon (among many states) has reiterated that message for citizens. And while this shows a dramatic shift toward reopening, some business owners don't want to “become Oregon’s vaccination police,” according to OregonLive. Questions abound as to whether or not it’s even legal to ask a potential customer about their vaccination status and if it’s reasonable to expect customers to provide proof. The Oregon Health Authority is still updating its rules to fit with the current update, and officials are recommending businesses operate with two standards for vaccinated and unvaccinated patrons respectively.
⚽ The Portland Thorns are now blooming with a 10-game unbeaten streak after Sunday’s victory against the Chicago Red Stars. The Portland women’s soccer team scored a 5-0 game against the Chi-town team, and it has the rest of the league on notice. Coming up next, the Thorns will host the OL Reign at Providence Park on Sunday. To get the full play-by-play of their win against the Red Stars, check out this piece by OregonLive’s Caitlin Murray.
🎨Esperanza Spalding wants to build a “BIPOC Artist Sanctuary” in St. Johns. The Portland-born, Grammy-winning artist is trying to raise $300,000 to create the City Sanctuary. The space will be a multifaceted creative space catering to artists of color, and will include “a cafe, an ‘eco-poetics reading room,’ a half-acre organic garden and two garden studios,” wrote Willamette Week. “A basement recording studio would act as an extension of the Songwriting Apothecary Lab, Spalding’s recently launched music therapy project. Though not open to the public, the sanctuary would host long-term artist residencies.” You can donate to Spalding’s project on their GoFundMe page.