Governor Jay Inslee announced during his Tuesday press conference that face masks or coverings for the mouth and nose will be required for Washingtonians in public starting on Friday, June 26.
The order, issued by Secretary of Health John Wiesman, requires people to don face coverings when they are in public areas where proper distancing cannot be maintained.
“I think this is something we can get used to,” Inslee said. “Because we care about others around us.”
Exemptions to the facial covering rule include those who can’t wear masks because of existing medical conditions, children under the age of 2, and when it’s unable to do so — such as when eating at a restaurant.
Inslee reminded Washingtonians that coronavirus cases are still on the rise and they need to continue practicing physical distancing, washing their hands, getting tested for any coronavirus-like symptoms, and to remain home if sick.