What you Need to Know About Face Masks
Information provided by Washington State Economic Resiliency Team (ERT) as a part of the Washington State Coronavirus Response (COVID-19)
All Washingtonians are required to wear cloth face masks in public.
Effective Friday, June 26, every Washingtonian in an indoor public space, or in an outside public space when unable to physically distance from others, will be legally required to wear a face covering.
- Those with certain medical conditions and children under the age of two are excepted. Children aged 2-4 are encouraged, but not required, to wear a face covering with adult assistance.
- Individuals may remove face coverings under certain circumstances, including while eating or drinking at a restaurant; while communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing; and while outdoors in public areas, provided that a distance of six feet is maintained from people who are not members of their household.
- Currently, businesses in Yakima County may not serve anyone who enters their business without a facial covering.
All Washington workers must wear cloth face masks at work, at minimum.
As of June 8, all employees are required to wear a cloth facial covering, except when working alone in an office, vehicle, or at a job site, or when the job has no in-person interaction. This applies to employees working in separate rooms or cubicles if the walls are below face level when working at their desks.
Employers must provide workers with appropriately protective facial masks for the worker’s risk of exposure.
Per the Safe Start plan, all Washington employers are required to provide (at no cost to employees) and require the wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE) as appropriate for the worker’s risk of exposure. Cloth face coverings must be worn by every employee not working alone unless their risk profile dictates a higher level of protection.
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