People can spread COVID-19 even when they don’t have symptoms or know that they are sick. As counties continue to open up, wearing a face covering is one of the most effective ways people can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
According to an order from the Washington state secretary of health, every Washingtonian must wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth when they are outside of their house, mobile home, apartment, condominium, hotel or motel room, or other dwelling unit, subject to the exceptions listed in the order. Businesses also cannot serve customers or clients unless they wear face coverings. These orders are in place until the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) specifies otherwise.
There are exemptions for those who should not wear face coverings. See “Does Everyone Have to Wear a Face Covering?” in the FAQ.
On May 20, the Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) Health Officer issued a local health officer directive strongly recommending that Spokane County residents wear cloth face coverings. This directive is still in place. It does not reduce or eliminate requirements imposed by directives and orders from the governor or other regulatory local, state or federal agencies, including employer-specific directives from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. If any guidance provided by the local health officer directive is in conflict with the secretary of health order, the more protective requirement must be followed.