Face Covering Guidance

Yakima County will continue to follow state and federal masking guidance, specifically Governor Inslee’s amended Proclamation 20-25.13, which was signed on May 21, 2021 and Order of the Secretary of Health 20-03.2, issued on May 15, 2021.

Where You Need to Wear a Face Covering

Fully vaccinated Individuals

  • Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a face covering inside or outside except when in health care settings, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, schools, public transportation, and any businesses that require face coverings.

Non-vaccinated Indivdiuals

  • Non-vaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks in any indoor public settings, or when outdoors and unable to maintain six feet of physical distance from others.

Who is Exempt from Wearing a Face Covering

Some people are exempt from wearing face coverings, including those with certain disabilities or health conditions, people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and children under the age of 2.  Children ages 2 to 4 should wear face coverings with adult supervision.

School employees and/or students who are present in schools may request a waiver to the mask requirement from their healthcare practitioner and Yakima Health District Health Officer. All mask waiver requests must follow this process:

  • Have primary care physician complete mask waiver form

  • Return completed form to school nurse

  • School nurse will send to the Yakima Health District for Health Officer approval

  • Health Officer will review, approve, or deny, and send back to the school nurse

Click here to download a mask waiver request form.


What Kind of Face Coverings to Use

Individuals are encouraged to use cloth or disposable face coverings. More information on the different types of masks is available on the CDC's website

How to Properly Wear Face Coverings

Face coverings are only effective when used properly:

  • Your mask should cover your nose and mouth at all times.

  • Always wash your hands with soap and water before you put on a face covering and after removing it.

  • Change your face covering when it gets moist.

  • Wash or dispose of your face covering after each use.