On July 24, Secretary of Health John Wiesman amended his statewide order requiring Washingtonians to wear face coverings in public places. 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. This is in addition to Gov. Inslee and the Secretary of Health’s announcement that as of July 7, businesses 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.
COVID-19 is spreading in Washington state, and people can spread the virus 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.
There are exemptions for those who should not wear face coverings. See “Does Everyone Have to Wear a Face Covering?” in the FAQ section above.
Spokane County Health Officer Directive for Cloth Face Coverings
On May 20, Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) Health Officer Dr. Bob Lutz issued a local health officer directive strongly recommending that Spokane County residents wear cloth face coverings in indoor or confined public settings in situations where they are not able to maintain six feet of distance from others.
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.