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Face Mask Guidance
Washington State Mask Mandate
Starting March 12, 2022, the indoor mask mandate will no longer be in effect for most indoor public spaces and schools.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it no longer required to wear a mask in indoor public settings?
On February 25th, the CDC issued new masking recommendations based on county COVID-19 levels.
In light of these new recommendations and decreasing COVID-19 activity in Washington State, Governor Inslee has shortened the timeline for lifting the mask mandate. Therefore, starting on March 12, masks will no longer be required in indoor public settings and schools.
Where am I required to wear a mask?
Face masks will still be required in certain settings, such as healthcare and medical facilities, including hospitals, outpatient, dental facilities, and pharmacies, long-term care settings, public transit, taxis, and rideshare vehicles, and correctional facilities.
Can businesses still require customers wear a mask?
Businesses may require customers wear a mask when frequenting their place of business. If you are in an establishment that has this safety measure in place, please comply with their request. The goal is to protect their staff, yourself, and others.
Who is recommended to wear a mask?
Individuals who are at high risk for severe illness may consider wearing a mask for greater protection. Some individuals are at higher risk of COVID-19 illness, such as older adults, people with certain medical conditions, and pregnant people. If you are unsure, talk to your medical provider.
If I choose to wear a mask, which face covering should I wear?
Certified N95 or KN95 masks offer the highest level of protection. However, surgical masks and cloth masks combined with surgical masks continue to offer protection.
Where can I get free N95 Masks?
Community members may pick up free N95 masks at select pharmacies in Yakima. Click here to download a list of locations.
Los miembros de la comunidad pueden recoger máscaras de N95 gratis en ciertas farmacias en Yakima. Haga clic aquí para descargar una lista de ubicaciones.
What else can I do to protect myself?
- Get vaccinated. Stay up to date on your vaccinations, this includes receiving a booster dose if eligible.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms or follow CDC guidance for testing you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.