Effective Monday, August 23, 2021, all persons will be required to wear face masks when in indoor public areas regardless of vaccination status.
The Washington State Health Department amended Order 20-03 requiring face masks for everyone over five years of age in most public indoor settings regardless of vaccination status. The full text of the Order is attached or you can find the information here: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/Secretary_of_Health_Order_20-03_Statewide_Face_Coverings.pdf
Every person in Washington State must wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth when they are in a place where any person from outside their household is present or in a place that is generally accessible to any person from outside their household, subject to the exceptions below.
- While working indoors in areas not generally accessible to the public and when no customers, volunteers, visitors, or non-employees are present, but only if the worker is fully vaccinated* against COVID-19;
- While working alone indoors. A person is working alone if they are isolated from interactions with others and have little or no expectation of in-person interruptions. Examples include a sole occupant in an office with a closed door who is unlikely to be visited, delivery drivers with no face-to-face interaction with others when picking up or dropping off packages, or a lone janitor in a building;
- While actively engaged in the act of eating or drinking
*A person is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen).
Proper Mask Wearing and Use:
- For purposes of this order, a face covering must:
- Fit snugly against the sides of the face;
- Completely cover the nose and mouth;
- Be secured with ties, ear loops, elastic bands, or other equally effective method; and
- Include at least one layer of tightly woven fabric without visible holes, although multiple layers are strongly recommended.
A face covering may also be a mask or face covering that provides a higher level of protection than a cloth face covering, such as a medical procedure/surgical mask, a KN95 mask, or an N95 mask.