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Wa State Law Masks

Wearing a mask is one of the most effective things people can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Recent models suggest that the incidence of COVID-19 cases can be reduced if the majority of the population wears masks. This correlation has been observed in other countries that have been able to lower the curve through the use of masks. According to RCW 42.30.230, the current state of open meetings is that they must be held in a physical location where the public can attend, unless a local, state, or federal emergency has been declared and the public authority determines that it cannot hold an in-person meeting with reasonable security. Although state law encourages authorities to offer a remote presence option in addition to the personal option (see RCW 42.30.030), they are no longer required to do so. You can buy or make face coverings, but keep in mind that different types of masks have different levels of protection. On March 11, 2022, Inslee amended its “Washington Ready” proclamation (20-25.19) to ensure greater consistency with the Secretary of Health`s new “Face Coverings – Statewide” (Order 20-03.8). The proclamation and order make it clear that masks are only required in health care facilities (such as hospitals, outpatient facilities and dental offices), long-term care facilities and correctional facilities. The Washington Department of Labor and Industry (LNI) reminds the public that federal law still requires face coverings on public transit. Lacy Fehrenbach, head of the Department of Health and Human Services for safety, prevention and health in Washington, said the end of the state of emergency was the end of a phase of the state`s response to the pandemic. Governor Jay Inslee and Health Secretary John Wiesman today announced a statewide mandatory face covering order that will go into effect on Friday, June 26. In general, masks are still mandatory for people over the age of five, regardless of vaccination status, in certain indoor public spaces, including: In special environments where masks are still typically required, workers can remove their masks if: Although masks are no longer mandatory in many places, We recommend wearing masks in the following circumstances: Comprehensive government COVID-19 guidelines for schools, child care, day camps and other activities for youth are available. We recommend that you comply with the mask requirement, as wearing a mask is an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As of March 12, 2022, masks will be optional in most settings for people over the age of five. Everyone in Washington must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth in the following indoor spaces: In addition, the governor should implement protections for workers who choose to wear face masks. The Governor`s September 8 press release states: Vaccination requirements for health and education workers will end, but employers can still require them if they wish. Inslee has already announced that COVID-19 vaccination will remain a condition of employment for most Washington state agencies. Children under the age of five and those with certain medical or mental illnesses are exempt from wearing masks in any environment. If a health or long-term care facility is located in a private residence, “persons who are not paid to provide health care, long-term care or personal care services” are not required to wear a face covering. While most of Governor Jay Inslee`s emergency orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic end on October 31, the order mandating masks in health care facilities and in prisons and prisons in certain situations will not end. Washington Health Minister Umair Shah said at a briefing on Thursday that conditions still did not allow for the end of that term. Although the state declaration of emergency is lifted, local governments can still rely on their own declared state of emergency or federal declaration of emergency to hold a full remote session when they outline the reasons why the local emergency prevents them from meeting in person. While Shah said the end of the state of emergency is an incredibly important milestone for the state, he also said the coronavirus is still here — about 7 percent of hospital beds used in the state are used by coronavirus patients.