Washington State’s public health order requires people in Washington wear face coverings in public spaces and businesses won’t be required to serve customers who aren’t wearing face coverings. Wearing a face covering in public will help limit the spread of COVID-19.
Guidance from the CDC and state Department of Health tell us wearing a face covering of any kind is another tool to limit the spread of COVID-19:
- It’s still critical to wash hands, cover coughs and follow physical distancing measures.
- Stay close to home.
- Limit gatherings to 5 or fewer people from outside your home per week.
- Conserve medical-grade masks for healthcare workers and first responders only.
- Don’t put masks on children younger than 2 or anyone with certain disabilities or health conditions. The state recommends but does not require children younger than 5 to wear masks in public places. The state requires children 5 and older to wear face coverings in public when distancing cannot be safely maintained.
- People with certain disabilities are exempt from the order. People who are hard of hearing often use facial movements to relay their meaning or reading lips to understand others. Wearing a mask may interfere with their ability to communicate with—or understand—others. We must make sure everyone can communicate and remain safe.
- Get tested for COVID-19 if you have participated in any large gatherings.
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department offers more updates here.
Need a mask? Several local makers are offering masks for sale: