One of the best ways to slow the spread of COVID-19 illness is to WEAR A MASK! Along with getting vaccinated and boosted, a well-fitted mask is one of the best tools we have to decrease transmission of the virus.
State-wide Face Covering Order
As of September 24, 2021, all people in Washington State are required to wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth when in any indoor public space (as required, and with the exceptions outlined, in the amended Order of the Secretary of Health 20-03.6). This requirement applies to everyone, regardless of vaccine status. Facial coverings can be a cloth face mask, several layers of fabric tied behind the head, a bandana, or a scarf.
Children under 2 years of age should not wear a face covering. People who are unable to wear a face covering because of medical conditions are not required to wear a face covering. You can take off your mask to eat, drink, or communicate with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing. We hope people will wear a face covering to protect the health of their friends and loved ones.
- Washington State Department of Health Face Coverings and Masks
- Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings from the Washington State Department of Health
- Cloth Face Coverings: The Do’s and Don’ts of Wearing Them –
- The Science of Masks
- Myths and Facts about Cloth Face Coverings
- Cloth Face Coverings and Masks FAQ
- Top Ten Reasons to Wear a Mask
Protecting Yourself & Others
In addition to steps you can take to prevent the spread of flu and the common cold, the following actions will help prevent coronavirus:
- Always wear a face covering when you go out in public, including to work or the grocery store.
- Practice physical distancing by staying 6 feet away from those around you when you are in public, including when you are at the grocery store, at the park, or at the doctor’s office. Respect the social distancing needs of others at all times.
- Avoid large gatherings, including family gatherings, that include people from outside your household.
- Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer with more than 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.