Governor Jay Inslee has announced that starting Friday, wearing facial coverings while in public will be required statewide.
The mandate comes after a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, and requires facial coverings where a distance of six feet cannot be maintained, both indoors and outdoors.
“This is about saving lives. It’s about reopening our businesses. And it’s about showing respect and care for one another,” Inslee wrote on Twitter.
Those who are exempt from the mandate include children under two, people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and people with respiratory conditions. The order will allow people to remove masks while eating at a restaurant and recreating alone or with members of their household.
For Washington State Department of Health guidance on the statewide mandate, click here.