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Posted on: March 1, 2022

State Indoor Mask Mandate Now Set to End March 12


Yesterday, Governor Inslee, joined by Secretary of Health Umair Shah, announced that Washington State is changing masking guidelines, with the removal of indoor mask policies in most establishments, and a move from mask requirements to mask recommendations in schools. This change will occur at 11:59 p.m., on March 11th, and be in full effect on March 12th

The decision was made following discussions with the state of California and Oregon, as a result of the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) recent updates on mask-wearing standards. The new CDC recommendations, announced February 25th, loosen the COVID-19 guidance on wearing masks indoors. To learn more about this decision, visit the CDC’s Mask Guidance webpage.

King County plans to end the county-wide indoor mask mandate concurrently with the State.  According to King County Public Health, the County is classified at a “low COVID-19 community level.” This reference follows a framework provided by the CDC. Stay up-to-date with King County and City COVID-19 transmission levels via the King County COVID-19 Summary Dashboard.

Federal requirements remain in place, which includes mask wearing on public transit. Mask requirements indoors remain also for correctional institutions, long-term care, healthcare and medical facilities.

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