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On May 13, Washington adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) masking guidance allowing individuals who have been fully vaccinated to no longer wear a mask in most settings. However, masks will still be required for all individuals in:
For now, individuals who are not fully vaccinated need to continue to wear masks in public settings, observe social distancing, and take all other necessary precautions.
Adoption of these revised requirements has been formalized in the updated Order of the Secretary of Health regarding face coverings statewide for fully vaccinated individuals. Local businesses may choose to adopt the CDC recommendation for patrons or continue to require masks while at their establishments. Mask requirements may also vary depending on federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, and workplace guidance.
The state is working diligently to update information that will provide businesses with additional clarification on the updated guidance. As this information is being developed, we can show our continued support to our local businesses by respecting their mask use policies. We have created a few simple signs for businesses to use so patrons can easily identify if fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear a mask in their establishment.
In general, individuals are considered fully vaccinated:
Verification of vaccination can be asked by businesses, when attending events, traveling, or other locations. Valid proof of vaccination includes:
The safest and fastest way to reduce transmission is for people to get vaccinated. Everyone age 12 and older is eligible and appointments are readily available in the tri-county area. To find a vaccination location near you or to make an appointment at one of Northeast Tri County Health District’s clinics, visit www.netchd.org or call 509-684-2262, opt. #4.