Updated Sept. 3, 2021
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 five years of age and older wear a mask in public indoor settings. This is an expansion of the masking order already in place.
The following orders are currently in effect for the general public and in workplaces. Please see the Face Coverings page for more information.
Current Orders and Local Health Officer Directives
order from the Washington state secretary of health requires Washingtonians to wear a face covering when in public spaces, with some exceptions. This has been updated to reflect guidance from the CDC.
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.
Washington employers and employees should continue following workplace guidance for masks and respirators from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). This has been updated to reflect guidance from the CDC. (Updated Aug. 19, 2021)
On May 20, 2020, the Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) Health Officer issued a local health officer directive strongly recommending that Spokane County residents wear cloth face coverings. Learn more
The resources below provide an overview of face covering use and selection and guidelines for workplaces. For general information about face coverings, see the Face Coverings page.