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Updated Oct. 16, 2021

Masks and Cloth Face Coverings

People can spread COVID-19 even when they don’t have symptoms or know that they are sick. Due to the rise of highly transmissible variants, wearing a face covering, in addition to getting vaccinated, is one of the most important measures you can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death. However, due to a large increase in disease transmission in Washington and in Spokane County, the Washington state secretary of health is requiring that everyone 5 years of age and older wear a mask in public indoor settings and at large, outdoor events with 500 or more people attending, regardless of vaccination status. This is an expansion of the masking order already in place. There are exceptions to the order, including the following:

  • Children under five. Children 2 to 4 years old can wear a mask under adult supervision. Children younger than 2 years old should not wear a mask.
  • People with a medical or mental health condition or disability that prevents them from wearing a mask
  • Anyone who is working alone, regardless of vaccination status
  • Fully vaccinated workers who are able to work alone or in an area not accessible to the public
  • Athletes who play indoor sports while actively engaged in competition or practice (masks are required on sidelines and in team meetings)
  • Small indoor private gatherings with fewer than 500 people, where physical distancing is possible

See the face coverings order for more information.

For information about masking in your workplace, please consult your employer. Employers can find more information on the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries website.

Mandates, Orders and Local Health Officer Directives

General public order

This order from the Washington state secretary of health requires all Washingtonians to wear a face covering when in public spaces, regardless of vaccination status with some exceptions. (Updated Aug. 19, 2021)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Order

This order requires that travelers wear face coverings on all public transportation including, but not limited to airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride shares.

Workplace order

Washington employers and employees should continue following workplace guidance for masks and respirators from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).

Local Directives

This Spokane Regional Health District Local Health Officer Directive strongly recommends that Spokane County residents wear cloth face coverings.

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