Face Mask

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OLYMPIA - On Tuesday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued a mandate for the state of Washington requiring face coverings to be worn in public, effective Friday, June 26. This is to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as cases have begun to rise in the state.

The mandate will require all citizens over the age of 5 to wear a face cover while indoors in public, or outdoors when six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. Violations of this mandate can result in a misdemeanor. 

Children under age two are exempt. For kids age three to five, masks are strongly encouraged. There are also exceptions for those who are not medically able, are deaf and/or hard of hearing.