Washington State Mask Mandate: As of August 23, 2021, everyone over the age of 2 must wear a face mask in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status.
- With the emergence of highly contagious variants, face masks remain an important tool in preventing transmission of the virus.
- Masks are required in all indoor public settings and outdoor events attended by 500 or more people.
- Due to the large number of COVID-19 cases, please wear a mask in outdoor settings such as sporting events, fairs, parades, and concerts, where it is more difficult to maintain physical distance.
- Follow any applicable federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations.
What Kind of Face Coverings to Use
Individuals are encouraged to use cloth or disposable face coverings. More information on the different types of masks is available on the CDC's website.
How to Properly Wear Face Coverings
Face coverings are only effective when used properly:
- Your mask should cover your nose and mouth at all times.
- Always wash your hands with soap and water before you put on a face covering and after removing it.
- Change your face covering when it gets moist.
- Wash or dispose of your face covering after each use.
Who is Exempt from Wearing a Face Covering?
Some people are exempt from wearing face coverings, including those with certain disabilities or health conditions, people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and children under the age of two. Children ages 2 to 4 should wear face coverings with adult supervision.